28 September, 2020

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Controlling The Coronavirus Pandemic & Gradual Restoration Of Normal Life 

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa | Prime Minister

Covid-19 came to the attention of the world as a new disease around the beginning of this year. From the very outset, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated very candidly that this was a completely new disease and that they too were still in the process of learning more about it. Even as late as 29 February 2020, the WHO was advising against the imposition of  international travel bans. It was only on 6 April that the WHO recommended the use of face masks if it was not possible to maintain social distancing. Every country in the world had to learn more about this disease through experience. 

Sri Lanka began preparations for this pandemic quite early. The President set up a task force to combat the Cronavirus as early as 26 January 2020. Even though there were no Coronavirus patients in Sri Lanka at that time, the first quarantine center was declared in Hendala on 4 March. The first Coronavirus patient was discovered on the night of 10 March. From 11 March all passengers coming into Sri Lanka from Coronavirus affected countries, were sent for quarantine. As the armed forces and police carried out an effective contact tracing programme to identify those who had come into contact with patients, this disease has now been brought under control to a satisfactory degree.  

At this moment, Sri Lanka is well ahead of most countries in the world in terms of controlling the spread of Coronavirus. Our doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, our intelligence services who maintained a very effective contact tracing operation, our armed forces, police, public health inspectors and others who played a frontline role in working directly with the public, should be proud of what they have achieved. It’s noteworthy that while 25 Sri Lankans resident in Britain have died of the Coronavirus, only nine Sri Lankans resident in Sri Lanka have died of this disease so far. It must also be stated that had Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not been elected President on 16 November last year, none of these achievements would have been possible.

With the Coronavirus outbreak now under control to a certain degree, the government has gradually begun relaxing the curfew. Even though steps were taken to impose curfew and to shut down the country, in reality, no country can be shut down completely. While the majority of the people were confined to their homes, millions of others continued to work throughout the country. The health services, armed forces, police, paddy farmers, vegetable farmers, fishermen, distributors of food, medicine and other essentials, and even some factories continued to function. What is meant by restoring normalcy to the country, is the process of  extending this state of affairs in a controlled way, to the section of the population that had been confined to their homes during the shut down. 

At the outset, government and private sector institutions will begin functioning with a limited number of employees. The number of passengers on trains and buses will be limited. Schools and tuition classes will remain closed. Social distancing rules are to be maintained when commencing work in this phased manner. At the early stages, when curfew was relaxed in certain districts, people did not observe social distancing norms. However after a while, people became more mindful of the need for social distancing in public places. The public should continue to be mindful of the need for social distancing even after the curfew is relaxed. We should all be aware that even though the spread of Coronavirus has been brought under control, it has not been eradicated completely. 

Random sample testing among members of the public will continue to be carried out. The quarantine centres will be kept open. Even after the restoration of normalcy has begun, it may be necessary to isolate and lock down certain areas and even to impose police curfews. Coronavirus patients may continue to be found, but I believe our health authorities have by now mastered the manner in which such situations should be handled. We will have to maintain a balance between steps taken to prevent the spread of the disease on the one hand and the restoration of normalcy on the other.  Even countries like Italy, Britain, France and the USA which experienced tens of thousands of Coronavirus related deaths have now commenced programmes for the gradual restoration of normal life.

The people fully cooperated with the efforts made to bring the spread of Croronavirus under control. We request the people to extend their fullest cooperation once again to the armed forces and police for the phased restoration of normal life in the country. 

*Mahinda Rajapaksa – Prime Minister 

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    It was the good idea off the activities of the election delayed,

    Coronavirus patients may continue to be found, even if Gradual Restoration Of Normal Life , Presntly the virus is increasing according to the chart. more is required Controlling The Coronavirus Pandemic, Since (WHO) stated very candidly that this was a completely new disease and that they too were still in the process of learning more about it.

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa

      “Covid-19 came to the attention of the world as a new disease around the beginning of this year.”

      Keheliya Rambukwella assured us that to those who defeated LTTE Coronavirus was nothing. I trusted him.

      COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund was set up in the last week of March. I believe it is not your family fund hopefully its accounts are maintained separate from that of your family’s other business/economic affairs.

      I also understand many countries and international organisations made large donations to this island on the understanding that those funds are expected to be spent on facilitating protection from Corona and recovery and should not be treated as a gift to the family/clan.

      A well established fact is that you rigged elections. It appears your brother too is following in your footsteps. When he was nominated to contest November 2018 elections he was a proud Yankee, so was on election day, 16 November 2018. The 19th Amendment proscribes foreigners from holding any elected Office. Yet he was nominated as the official candidate, contested the elections and won with 43% of eligible votes while 57% either voted against him or refused to vote at all.

      It appears Mahinda Deshapriya is either a coward, scared, mad or another Rajapaksa’s b***s carrier.

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        Native, you’ve mis-stated the year (should be 2019), but we take your points.

        Any bets the “COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” will go the same way as the “2004 Tsunami Fund”? We have all the right players in position as well as the military on the prowl to “take care” of anyone who dares to speak out.

        Yuval Hariri couldn’t have said it better: “Homo sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions”

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          Easton Scott

          “Native, you’ve mis-stated the year (should be 2019), but we take your points.”

          I am sorry I must have been distracted while thinking about the poor little islanders who believe Gota will run train on time. However the Italians found that their dictator couldn’t do it, even at a heavy human cost, ended up having to hang their single handed strongman upside down from a metal girder above a service station.

          Gota has replaced his Health secretary with a single handed Rana-virus, Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe.

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      Mr PM even long before you became the PM again, whole lot of people never kept trust on you. Now they have been in a crisis not being able to see what you and your brother have been doing…
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      1) If IMF donated some funds, Why you as the PM of the day make every effort to keep it away from the nation ?

      2) Why you guys make decisions as if srilanka is your pvt property ?
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      3) Last 5 years, at least 50% of the nation stood against you – and never wanted you to reutrn to politics again. But through your brother you became the PM again.
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      But as former PM makes it very clear to the nation – that you guys continue your loot once again.
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHuveM5itBs

  • 7
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    What a pack of lies.
    We should have started early without focussing on dissolution of Parliament
    We should quarantined the visitors.much earlier.
    We should have put Doctors on control not War Criminals.
    They did a fine job of spreading Corona to knock and corner of the country. Poor soldiers.
    You and your family.should go.gome, poor soldiers and their relatives are threatened by.public, despite the war criminal.Kamals appeal

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      Dilshan,
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      This man MR’s real colours are not known to the people yet. Unfortuantley, people are also to be blamed.. they dont care about the future of the nation.
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      MR is a good actor for the gallery (poor people are alway their easy pray). But how long they could foold them – is the question of the hour.

      Shortly before last PE, in a press briefing, the question came up was ” how would you settle the economy after being elected “. – shamless stupid man had balls to answer the question evasively ” just give the govt to us, then we will show you

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    ” Even as late as 29 February 2020, the WHO was advising against the imposition of international travel bans. “
    Sadly when GLP writes something like he never lived in Lankawe. WHO didn’t recommend travel; very late to advice about pandemic, but Lankawe is not one country to sue China for bribing WHO but one partner in with China. Instead, at that time, while a Chinese woman was taking treatment in Lankawe, Lankawe is the only one country allowed Chinese company to approve its visa. China had donated a special scanner to check Old Royal family. This should have alarmed him the emergency of the public health too. But he was keeping the testing instrument at home. Many Italian and other European Sinhala residents paid and slip through Airport system. Swill pastor went in with the help of Rapist Police force. Lankawe advised for tourism long after other countries banned international travel. Top of all hoping for 2/3 Royals dismissed parliament. Sheer irresponsibility for the country, but family being only.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse;
    “It must also be stated that had Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not been elected President on 16 November last year, none of these achievements would have been possible.”
    Are you saying that if you or Weerawansa or Namal were elected in November 16th, there would be more deaths (thousands) , more Corona cases (millions)?
    You are also arguing that the countries who had thousands of death are commenced gradual restoration programmes, so there is nothing wrong in commencing restroation programmes with all restrictions remaining. First Srilanka is not Britain or USA. Military is supporting to the NHS and other organization in the Corona control programme but not under the military administration as in Srilanka. In Srilanka, Corona spread has not reached its peak and there is always a risk of Corona if you hold parliament election now. It is not normal now to have elections.

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    MAHINDA:
    Yes, normalcy should be restored. Even crooks cannot operate when the whole system is unravelling and there is total anarchy. There need to be some degree of order and predictability for criminal activities to be viable. Only when most people in a society follow the rules, and things are somewhat stable, thieving is meaningful for those who do it. If everything around you is collapsing, and you’re in danger of losing even your Amude, what’s the point of stealing land and gold? Only some people need to die, but if everyone dies, it would be utterly boring to be the ruler. I hear you, Mahinda. Can’t wait to get back to normal Sri Lanka.

  • 3
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    Uncle, could you solve this puzzle for us please. Total number of cases 800 . out of which 400 (50%)are from Navy. Apparently they got infected while tracing 40 of those drug abusers ( ratio is 1 is to 10,
    actually much less). But some how in turn less than 10,(ratio is 0.003) got infected by those Navy victims. And the ultimate puzzle is death rate which has been static at single digits for almost three months.

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    Uncle, now that you have so much free time to kill, one more puzzle to solve. My ninety year old mom says she is being told to forgo her monthly pension (not free, retired teacher) because Govt dosent have enough money and the Govt employees are being emotionally black mailed (using same old patriotism BS) to forgo their monthly salaries to help Covid victims. But you claim to have more than 7 Billion LKR to conduct elections. Do you realize many are depending on their monthly salaries to feed and pay bills. If the official figures are less than 1000 cases and 10 death how much money are you anticipating to collect for those victims ????. When you have Billions in hand for elections, I am sure it is not for jump starting economy. If at all many Countries are giving extra money to public expecting them to spend and jump start the economy.

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    “It must also be stated that had Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not been elected President on 16 November last year, none of these achievements would have been possible.” A great statement from podi aiya about mallie’s luck..indeed…indeed..none of these achievements…only the family members can, right? Good thing we have a nation of buffaloes, too..

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