16 January, 2021

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Corona, Are We Paying A Big Price For Being Dishonest?

By M.M. Janapriya

Dr. M.M. Janapriya

From my article one on Corona which I wrote in March 2020, I have been trying to burr in to the thick skulls of the authorities the importance of being honest and authentic when briefing the public on the pandemic. Not to be. It looks as if both the health authorities and the government were deluding themselves while either unwittingly or otherwise pulling the wool over the eyes of the public.

First Wave

Take the so called first wave of the pandemic. From the intransigent position of not testing enough of the public randomly, to daily breakdown of the Covid numbers were a bit suspicious. I have touched on this matter in one of my very early articles and begged of them to be more transparent. For example, the news telecast used to say “so many new cases, so many discharged, so many being actively treated at the IDH and hundred sometimes two hundred plus suspected cases”. With confirmatory tests like RT-PCR being available why the last category should have ever existed only god will know.

Navy Camp Disaster

Then the case of the navy camp cluster-disaster. If the authorities knew that the Suduwella drug addicts could be positive for Covid the navy sailors who wrestled with the former should have been quarantined right away without doubt. The task force said they were indeed being quarantined. Where? Looked like they were being quarantined inside the Navy camp itself. If this was indeed the case what a place for the job? No wonder the whole camp got converted to a hotbed of Corona within days. This whole scenario makes me wonder whether those Navy personnel were quarantined at all. 

‘Mee Una’ inside a Corona Camp

A very young navy sailor died inside the camp during this cluster formation. Instead of admitting this as a case of a Covid death the authorities informed the public that the death was due to ‘mee una’ (rat fever) which is a condition caused by a special kind of micro-organism called a spirochaete. The biological name of this organism is Leptospira Icterohaemorrhagiae. Country rats harbour the organism and excrete them in urine which normally contaminates the irrigant water of paddy lands. The spirillum (it is a spring shaped micro-organism) enters the bodies of peasantry through almost insignificant little cuts and scrapes. Thus the typical sufferer is the village peasant and not the urban Navy man. The shameless health buffoons kicked up on their bums to higher positions might say “one can get leptospirosis affecting urban people”. Of course any disease can afflict anybody in theory but a strong and healthy young navy sailor getting mee una inside a rollicking wave of Covid 19 and dying of it is like going to Hunters in Pettah, asking for a pound of butter and indeed finding it! (With apologies to the great medical teacher Dr. N.A.J. Niles FRCS)

Rendezvous of Infected Navy Sailors

From this navy camp it appeared as though sailors were released to go on New Year holiday without completing their mandatory 14 days let alone the ideal 28 day quarantine. (One rule for civilians and another for uniformed personnel by a purpose assembled task force run by the Army?) They travelled long distances crossing many district borders to reach their destinations only to find they had the virus. On route they definitely infected so many. Did the task force manage to catch all of them? Highly unlikely. 

Positives became Negative in 24 Hours

Then came the turn of the DGHS to come on TV with three other doctors to declare RT-PCR negative (quite expectedly) on the previous day’s positive trio from NHSL, Rajagiriya and Kolonnawa in order to maintain the ‘no community spread’ status. Every medical man woman and hermaphrodite involved in this mass hoodwinking campaign must have taken the infamous ‘hypocritic’ oath getting the second syllable wrong and missing out on just a p and a which is quite understandable as they seem utterly and miserably confused, a state of mind that might mitigate the colossus of their bunk. Poor rascals! They do not seem to know what they are doing.

Mother nature’s Kindness

With all the above misgivings of the doctors, servicemen and the administration Mother Nature extended a kind hand to us. The number infected remained low commensurate with the numbers tested. Number dead was a proud low too (for which there could be many reasons) on which President of GOMA, (pardon me for I may have got those letters in the wrong order) most government MPP, Ministers like Mr. New Village-House, Mrs. Cleanare Forrestrule etc. and even some of the gullible public were very pompous. We, I mean the GOMAs (GOMA is cow dung isn’t it?)  and others even laughed on electronic media at the scenes of poor Italians, French, the British and the Americans dying of Covid. We seemed to be rejoicing the somber pictures of slow moving funeral processions and mass graves of those unfortunate nations. 

Complacency & Mother Nature’s Wrath 

Politikkas’ masks fell off their faces. Political funeral processions traversed just not cities but the length and breadth of the country. All-important Parliamentary elections were held, thankfully following preventive health guidelines and full marks to Maco for that. People, both the Rulers and the public seemed to have forgotten that Covid ever existed. All in all we were celebrating too much too early. Mother Nature was not amused. She decided to smack daughter Lanka on the wrist through ‘Bandits’. She didn’t realize giving a measured little smack through an outlaw like the Bandits was going to be hard work and so it turned out.

Administration Panics

Sri Lankan administrators seemingly being advised by Punchi Banda and/or Loku Banda (incidentally Punchi Banda was our, tea boy, road runner to the shops and back, advisor and the store keeper of the emergency medicine of the Consultants Lounge NHSL in 1990-2010 or so) panicked about the economy while advising the nation not to panic about getting Covid! People were counting Covid while the Admin was counting coffers. Treasury seemed devoid of those pleasant jingles. Instead it seemed in the ears of the Rulers to be deafeningly silent despite the frequently spoken Millions of Dollars received as foreign aid to combat Covid on which an austere SL could still have moved on, at slower pace though, for some more time. Remember slow and steady won the race. 

Country was looking for some quick money from, anywhere, somewhere, or from anybody or somebody. Mother Nature sent a poisoned chalice through Bandits. Lo and Behold it poisoned the whole country contrary to the belief of the spineless health jelly fish that it had afflicted the nation in pockets.

New Virus Spreads like Wildfire

It was in this backdrop that Sri Lanka suffered the biggest man-made disaster ever. Infection within the workforce of Brandix and outside in Minuwangoda spread like wildfire and the cluster grew in leaps and bounds. It spread to Peliyagoda fish market from where another rapidly growing cluster sprang up. From the Peliyagoda fish market the virus spread via fish vendors and distributors to far flung areas of the country. Within a few days the total infected in the country rose by thousands. The number of deaths recorded kept multiplying every day. 

Money Talks while Greed Destroys     

It is being alleged that some sixty Sri Lankan workers from Brandix India in Vishakaputnam were brought to Sri Lanka on the 22nd Sept 2020 by a chartered flight to Mattala from where they had been whisked away to an unknown destination without been quarantined. It is also alleged that someone from this group developed Covid-19 and became a super spreader of the virus spreading it very quickly to all parts of the island. I have written about this before so I am not going dive deep in to the matter again. However please click on the link below and read through the whole article carefully including the completion of quarantine certificates issued by the health authorities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Some views on Brandix Shedding Responsibility

Here are my observations on this exhaustive article in the online Daily Mirror of the 19th October 2020 by a journalist called Ms. Jamila Hussain.

* Clearly this is a very lengthy explanation indeed, by the company through the said journalist to absolve themselves from blame. A little anecdote here from my med student days would be most appropriate I felt. This happened in 1968 or thereabouts. I walked in to the physiology lecture theatre at Peradeniya one morning in blazing sunshine being 10 minutes late for the lecture. It’s true it rained about half an hour before. More importantly I had a slight hangover which made me oversleep.  “Please excuse me Sir, I got caught to the rain” I said while entering. “You know what Janapriya, the one who excuses accuses himself” said Dr.H.D.W.Janz, the gentleman who was on the rostrum.  

* The writer has provided a completion of quarantine certificate each for the 2 previous chartered flights but not for the one in question, the UL1159 flight of the 22nd September 2020

* Head of the Corona task Force necessarily has to say that the patient Zero of Brandix debacle is not the October 3rd individual because admission that he or she could be, means that the Brandix 48 had slipped through a huge Corona Prevention/control loophole the responsibility of which naturally boomerangs on him. 

* The speed at which the Minuwangoda virus cruised centripetally, made it blindingly obvious it was of very high infectivity and transmissibility whereas the ‘indigenous’ Lankan virus of the so called first wave was of very low infectivity and transmissibility. People were virtually crying out from roof tops asking for the viral genome be sequenced in order to confirm or refute our suspicion that the second wave indeed originated in the garment factory in Minuwangoda. I certainly did in the last one or two of my articles. 

* The patient zero of Brandix was discovered on the 3rd Oct 2020 but the genome sequencing only happened a month later. If such is the swiftness of the test I would pray for those countries, the Jayawardenapura spokesperson mentioned, use the sequencing for contact tracing. I could not find any country that routinely uses genome sequencing for contact tracing.

Genome Sequencing

I hope you would bear with me for being a bit technical here in order to drive home the point with force and clarity. I will try my best to explain the content in more understandable terms further down the essay.                                                                                                                              

A group of scientists from the Sri Jayawardenepura University recently made public, the work done by them on genome sequencing of the current SARS COV2 virus rampaging across the country and playing havoc. Genome sequencing is identifying the order in which the nucleotides (subunits that join to form a long polymer) are arranged along the long DNA/RNA chain.  This is an excerpt from the publication. Please read through and get the gist of these 2 paragraphs. I will be explaining to you what all this means in simpler language starting immediately after these two paras. If you find this too technical please go straight to my analysis of the content.

Scientists Talk to the Press

16 virus strains originating from Brandix, Minuwangoda, the Colombo Municipality area, Beruwala fish market and patients admitted to tertiary care hospitals were subjected to sequencing. Whole genomic sequencing was successful in 13 strains and partial sequencing in 3 strains. 12/13 strains were similar to each other and were of the B.1.42 lineage (clade 20C), suggesting that the virus strains circulating in different places in the country, are of a common origin. 15/16 strains had the D614G mutation, which is associated with high viral load and higher rates of transmissibility. The previous strains that circulated in Sri Lanka were of the B.1, B.2, B 1.1 and B.4 lineages (The Kandakadu cluster viruses were of B.1 lineage), and therefore, the current virus strain is slightly different as it belongs to the B.1.42 lineage.

“Due to the influx from individuals from different countries in the world, we saw circulation of different strains in March. In the CMC cluster in April, we saw several strains responsible for this. However, the Kandakadu cluster was due to one strain only. The current circulating virus strain is the of the B.1.42 lineage, which is similar to those seen in Europe. However, this does not mean the virus came from Europe. Just that this virus strain was first identified from Europe and was the predominant virus strain in some European countries. It has the mutation (D614G) associated with high transmissibility due to high viral loads, which is the dominant strain in the world right now. It was inevitable that we would get this strain sooner or later. Unfortunately, due to this mutation, it is associated with rapid spread and therefore, it is imperative that public take more precautions. Actually, many countries recommend a distance of 2 m instead of 1 m to reduce the spread. Therefore, it’s important for proper hand hygiene, wearing masks and avoiding unnecessary movement.” 

Foregoing in Simpler Terms

In essence what they are saying is that the current virus belongs to a Clade different to the virus that infected us earlier in the year. Clade means a sort of subgroup or a subspecies of the original virus. The Wuhan virus had two major Clades (‘sub groups’) from the very outset. A and B. Since they appeared in 2019 they were called 19A and 19B. As at present there are 3 more major Clades circulating in the world. 20A, 20B and 20C, 20 denoting the year they came in to existence 2020. Once they get in to a host cell the viruses are like DNA/RNA (depending on the type of the virus) manufacturing machines which they do by commandeering the machinery of the host cell. Things frequently go wrong with the replication process like during photocopying a big document at which so many papers get squashed and thrown away as they are not up to scratch. This reproduction of original Nucleic Acid (DNA or RNA) when gone wrong is called a mutation. As at present there are at least 40,000 different SARS COV2 genomes (due to mutation) in the world but all of them are not grouped and given names. Only those mutants that remain infective and take the epidemic forwards are grouped and given names in the Dynamic Nomenclature of viruses. Some mutants are weaker than the original and may wither away over time. Others are weaker but yet infective at a slower rate like the one we got in January. Yet others can become more virulent by mutation like D614G mutation the Jayawardenepura scientists are talking about. Actually speaking D614G is the result of the genome mutation and not the mutation itself. You might remember those Trumpet like projections SARS COV2 virus has got on it’s surface. They are called spikes and are made of protein which the virus uses to enter the host cell. D614G refers to a part of the spike protein which is different to the spike protein of the original version. (Proteins are polymers of Amino acids just like polythene is a polymer of ethylene one of the basic hydrocarbons and starch is a polymer of glucose) The corona virus spike protein is a polymer of 1273 amino acids. The 614th amino acid in this long chain is (D) Aspartic acid. This gets replaced by (G) Glycine in the mutated version. This change is depicted as D614G in virology literature. The new spike protein seems to be more efficient in opening up portals of entry to the host cell (i.e. human cell) and hence is of high infectivity and transmissibility.

Analysis of Scientists’ Viewpoints

The findings aside the tenor of this communique seems one of trying to mitigate the enormous damage done to the nation by a slumbering Presidential Corona Task Force. 

The genome sequencing team has told the press “It was inevitable that we would get this strain sooner or later”. This kind of statement should not have been made by anyone other than a top global Public Health expert like Professor Devi Sridhar of the Edinburgh University and we don’t have people of half that eminence in this field in this country. This is clearly someone punching above his or her weight. Not many things in life are inevitable. If you decide to fall in to deep asleep with your neck on the rail track it is inevitable that the train will bisect you at the neck sooner or later unless you have pulled the shunting lever before you decided to sleep on the rail track. This seems to be the attitude displayed by top officials of the Presidential task force at that time. Clearly the countries heading the league table for Corona control given below took nothing for granted. The so called inevitability couldn’t get any foothold in those countries.

This is not a fully updated list but the trend is quite accurate as per present stats.

In this table there are at least 15 countries that have done better than Sri Lanka and there are more. Most of them are impoverished African countries whose death rate is much lower than that of Sri Lanka. Even Nigeria with a population of 208 million, ten times that of Sri Lanka has done better. We have to swallow the humble pie. We the pompous Sri Lankans have to now go looking for hiding places.

* “The current circulating virus strain is that of the B.1.42 lineage, which is similar to those seen in Europe. However, this does not mean the virus came from Europe. Just that this virus strain was first identified from Europe and was the predominant virus strain in some European countries. It has the mutation (D614G) associated with high transmissibility due to high viral loads, which is the dominant strain in the world right now”. The moment one says this the possibility of Brandix workers bringing an Indian Virus home to Sri Lanka gets pushed to the back burner. However the scientists go on to say that the strain they discovered is the dominant mutant in the world right now. Let me add at this point, with India being no exception.  

This is what Dr. Partha Majumder President of the Indian Academy of Science and a scientist at the Indian National institute of Biomedical Genomics has to say about the Indian Clades of the virus. “The lineages 20A, 20B and 20C all have the D614G mutation. The D614G lineages have actually become dominant across India. But, interestingly, in the northern and eastern regions of India, the 20A lineage is dominant, while in southern and western India the 20B lineage is dominant.” This means India has got all 3 clades with A and B dominating in the said regions. Dr. Majumder’s interview with the reporter can be read here.

Our immediate neighbour India with a rollicking ongoing pandemic which has a population of over 1.4 Billion has got nearly a Million recorded cases already and 150,000 deaths. This number of positives is with a measly number of tests performed so far which is only 10% of the population. This is the total number performed over 10 months! The real number of cases must be tens of Millions. With India offering us a large pool of readymade sources of the virus, the more infective mutant at that, it is foolhardy, for anyone be it the head of the Task Force, the Chief Epidemiologist, the senior Microbiologist or even the specialist virologist to try to apportion blame to an unknown European airline pilot. I refuse to believe that the scientists did have an alternate agenda of whitewashing the red Minuwangoda virus than the sacrosanct duty of delineating the viral genome accurately in order to simply find out the source of the virus. Unfortunately by making utterances outside their zones of expertise they have muddied the waters.  

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    Dear Former Medical Doctor,

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    Unfortunately by making utterances outside their zones of expertise they have muddied the waters.
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    This is absolutely right.

    What has GMOA to do with the CONTAGIOUS DISEASE CONTROL, while senior virologists and the epidemiologists are not even consulted for the expertise.
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    Just becasue RAJAPAKSHE supporters site in GMOA, should they be the EXPERTs for misleading the nation ?

    All these occure with UNIVERSITY experts and other professionals of SRILANKA stay as if they are compelled to be in silent mode. This has lot do with SRILANKEN genetics. No matter race, religion or whatever other barriers be there, srilankens in general would not care much about TRUTHS, and facts.

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      If Thaiwan, Newzealand, Thailand, Vietnam and several other countries could flatten the curve, why cant srilankens do it ?

      In order to mislead the THANAKOLA eaters, they went on with their self-proclaimations about the island nations has been the world ‘s second… Please add any one any link where WORLD press discussed it.
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      All these are mlechcha propagana work to keep THANAKOLA eaters under one umbrella. How mlechcha the rulers have becomeas of today. Why do the EDUCATED people stay further mum not reacting on the MLECHCHA statem,ents being made by Gota led govt ?

      If THAIWAN and Newzealand or the like ISLAND nations could manage it, what went wrong with srilankens in terms of let spread the virus across the country ?

      Today the numbers are as follows
      – Sri Lanka
      Coronavirus Cases:
      28,203
      Deaths:
      140
      Recovered:
      20,804

      How can the RULERs be proud of their abilities ?
      Gota et al has failed in every means as of today.

      • 5
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        PART ONE
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        Dear LM,
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        This is a second brilliant article within four days which brings home to us the tragedy of Sri Lanka. Only six comments as yet, and five of them by you, but I’m sure that there will be some of the other regular writers coming in with their comments as soon as the import of this article strikes home. It may take some time to digest, and it is 6 am on Tuesday.
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        The other article I refer to is this:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/call-for-immediate-war-crimes-trials-trade-embargoes-against-sri-lanka/
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        None of us wanted brilliant articles; we just want to live our lives quietly and decently, and leave behind a happy country for succeeding generations. That such has not happened, is entirely the fault of the Rajapaksas; overtaken by hubris, they have indeed created situations on two fronts which were quite unnecessary in this land blessed almost like no other. As Dr Janapriya has said, to begin with, “Mother Nature extended a kind hand to us.”

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          Dear Mr SM all the good commenters of CT@

          as a senior science graduate, I am telling you not use that ” panibeema ” being introduced by local wedamahathaya these days. Statistics prove that over 40% of lanken population are met with diabetes. There are also cases whose info are not yet clear. So, the probability of the kind of ” sugar drinks”to do lot more harm in the human body (liver and kidney) is really high.

          European researchers warn today not to go after any kind of easy medicine whose aftereffects are not yet studied by long held clinical trials.

          Today I got to watch a HIRU TV video, that animates helpless people in mios. They just line up to collect free samples of PANI BEEMA made by a man whose education is not yet clear. if interviewed, the man would not have the slightest knoweldge on microbes. Why does govt let its people be falling from frying pan to the the fire ? Superstious beliefs have not helped this nation over the year, but ruined this country sofar.

          Local news telecasts report that the man to have produced the drink to be blessed with an invisible power – POSSIBLY to the manner sorbone educated chief monk plea misled the buddhist beleivers shortly before last presidential election.

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            we are very sorry to see people are being misled.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UOXvhdLuDY

            Media men over to you, please do you duties well. Dont fish on muddy waters. Please expose the truth of PANI BEEMA …
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            This country was destroyed by introduction of NAMAL KUMARA as an informant. The damge made to the nation was huge. But it was under polonaruwa donky, today, it has passed to the hands of bunch of high criminals born to Medamulana CAVE.

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          Dear SM,
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          You may be right. Commenters in general would no tcare much about technical article. They would add their two cents only to articles that address gossips, rantings and the like minded stuff.
          This retired medical doctor, could also stay passive, but he returns with a new article all few weeks. We need to respect the kind of retired professionals and their efforts.

          See unlike you, the writer does consider him to be too old. YOu instead as an early septagenrian repeats you to be old. I wish I could travel to SL in 3 months now, so that I can finally meet up you and offer you some tools But please dont publish my whereabouts on CT. I really dont want to count with the destiny of JAMAL KHASHOGI. Rajaapkshes have proved it how dangerous they could be against their own citizens, but the poor people dont sense it yet today.

      • 5
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        PART TWO
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        Now, “Mother Nature [has not been] amused”, and both “unnecessary” calamities have been laid bare before us. You have been most perceptive in quoting the last line of this essay – because that sums it up; I had been reading carefully the series of articles by Dr Janapriya. As you say, he’s retired – actually a surgeon – but he was analysing carefully all the bulletins put out by the government, and warning through many articles that seemed not to get enough readership if one judges from the number of comments generated.
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        Now he has had to write much more dramatically. I’m sure that none of us desired all the drama – it’s been forced on these two writers because quieter warnings were ignored for so long.
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        Why? Because politics was all that mattered.

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        PART THREE
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        Our Civil War was over in 2009 – we knew well enough that we had to immediately launch a serious process of reconcilliation. That is, let’s say the War had become inevitable because of the intransigence of Prabhakaran. Instead there was persecution of the Minorities. “Good Governance” for five years was wasted by an arrogant Prime Minister and a bickering President.
        .
        And now this exposé – made necessary because more staid warnings were not heeded.
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        My appeal to the many readers who probably missed the earlier articles by Dr Janapriya is to go back to them if you think this has been too dramatic in presentation. It was only in the immediately preceding CT article that the good doctor began to employ sarcasm which, dear LM, you missed initially. If you know how to do it, readers, please navigate to those earlier articles .
        .
        Let me repeat the plea I made when I made my first comment on the Hoole article to which I have already drawn your attention. The politicians are the villains, no doubt, but did our citizens have to act so dumb for so long?
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        Please start THINKING.

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      Srilankens dont care about anything – they are made to believe all what are being telecasted through local TV media are the truth.
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      There should be CODE OF ETHICS being imposed against Derana TV and HIRU TV which are the most dangerous and irrespsonsible media institutions in today srilanka by large. They have been in a mess of not being able to differentiate HEAD LINES news from the misleading news. But nothing seems to stand against them, as if there are whole lot of holes in prevailing systems.

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      Gotabaya as the incumbent PRESIDENT could do one good thing – that can give him lot of respect and dignity. That he should do regardless of any barriers.

      That is – he should involve SHAPING up the MEDIA within the country.

      Also social media should not be given chances to abuse the nation. There are pingutharayas, that behave like MOSQUITOES today. THey dont care much about place being given to them by born budhagama adherents in this country. Most of them would not care much about basic buddhist values, but they ARE called so called sinhala buddhists, incl. me.
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      He should be neutral and do the due since he is given the mandate to do any good this nation. His advisers should given him a proper training when addressing the nation. Not only his supporters, but there are others living in the country as citizens. You should be the president for all. A code of ethics should be introduced to TV/printed media institutions. Today, they abuse it as no times in the past.
      :
      But as one who closely studied your profile over the last few months, expecting this to be done by you would be” pigs might fly” . Nevertheless I added it here because SO LONG media mafia would mislead the nation for their selfish gains, nothing will work for the benefit of the masses in this country.

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      While country is burning – Gota as the incumbent president elected by the votes of gullible people in this country, he does do the due but facilitate his condom supporters office, by permitting him to move to Trade centre. This is how the bugger et al work by coming to power promising sky and earth. Divine forces will work on them sooner than later, that is what I feel… I have no doubt about that.
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      In the same time, people should be very clear, Mahara Prison Killings are not yet investigated, with dead bodies of those victims stay unidentified.
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      Brandix apparel company issues are not yet clear, no proper investigations or what so ever due is done yet, people are in anxities. Polonnaruwa donkey would have done it much better, but people criticised him and let barbarians to grab power.
      .
      Ironically, his BROTHER most known highly corrupted man in the family Basil Rajaakshes s on going crime investigations are heard and set him free from all ?????
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      What happened to the people s issues ?
      :
      Where are we heading today ?

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    In Sri Lanka, particularly Rajapakse family always kept everything under their control including media and Health sector. So, all the information coming out to the public are limited and controlled to suit their requirement. In some cases the figures like economic growth are increased and in case of Corona deaths and cases it is decreased. Unfortunately even highly educated professionals are not telling the truth.

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      Media and Rajapakshe sychophants have sowed the seeds so that people would not be able to see it beyond. So called buddhist monks that are kept above inthe society have decorated Rajaakshes processions. As you know srilankens (born into Buddhagama) would not want to be against their relilgion. No matter anyone wearing Sanga Costume is allowed to go amok, and paint the picture in favour of the society. Impunity is governing where so called buddhist monks take the lead. Not few days ago, that mad dog, leader of BBS (Barbaric Buddhist Monk Sena) the manner he attacked muslim srilankens in some areas of the country went viral- as his brave acts. No matter those people were humiliated in public, there, those saffron clad men reacted as thugs. Why should such monks be placed above if equal rights be given to all born to srilanka ? Besides, countrys authorities handling law and order stay as if their tongues are tied. That is also seen in srilankan nation, that they need to be submissive as if they cant by themselves see it right. They the authorities always react as submissive forces to ruling politicians. Actually, this should not be the case, if those authorities are educated enough and honest enough… However, like walking on a curve, this seems not stopping.

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      Ajith,

      True! Rajapakshe family managed to keep LTTE Tamil terrorists also under their control. That is the reason why Sinhalayo like them and Tamil Diaspora hate them and humiliate them.

      “In Sri Lanka, particularly Rajapakse family always kept everything under their control”

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    Imperial College, Oxford Uni, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer they all worked day night doing research work, doing clinical trials, studying the results of the clinical trials reformulating the vaccine and in less than a year the world have different but equally effective vaccine.

    Sri Lankan politicians failed to do even the basic thing…manufacture enough clay pots!
    then they pedalled the idea of indigenous ayurvedic to fool the people they failed there as well
    China only gave enough doses for the Rajapaksa clan and cronies…even the Chinese friend refused to help

    But what the heck there is no Corona virus in Sri Lanka
    people are not dying of corona but dying of underlying causes and rat fever

    The real virus Sri Lanka is suffering from the Rajapakse virus.

    There is no cure for it
    it can mutate like no other virus
    Not only it can mutate it can also create diversions
    like prison riots and Muslim burial, maveerar day, LPL, etc to weaken the attack

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      Rajash,
      you may be right. Not many focus on the subject well. I happened to watch sinhala programs, where the interviewer himself does not seem to know the meaning of ” epidemiology” but these men have become weerayas for srilanken society as of today.

      All the aforementioned companies work diehard to bring it to the market, but srilanken frogs-like people rely on a ” drink” being tested by a man, who is not even a god wedamahaththaya…. see how gullible people are made to be ? It is a sorry sight to watch them on the screen, that MUTTI hamy/the most stupid woman to hold the ministry of health is made to be the most known ” GUINEA PIG” for the gallery of people.
      We should really be ashamed when looking at the pictures. As some analysts make it very clear, not the PANI BEEMA but any kind of antibiotic-like drink could keep the viral infection somewhat away. That is known fact. European drug shops have enough of the kind of PANIBEEMA or sirups that could help people. That is almost every where also in China and THailand. But a drink made out of MUSCAT nuts and plus to give a total healing.. also the approval of few MBBS holders whose knowledge on properly conducting clinical trials for newdrugs/devices are no different to that of any minions.

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    Meena Una inside the corona camp
    and
    Keenie Meenie in side the army camp

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      Rajash, how do you u know ?

      There are speculations that MR is fatally ill. Is that true ? It is public secret that the man is suffering from over tiredness… he enjoys wasting HELICOPTER lifts also for few hundreds of kms while not even taking it hearts the manner significant portions in the country today are starving. On one had they are feared by COVID and other is they are blocked by COVID limitations.

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    Shavendra Silva is the face of SL’s stupidity and disaster in COVID-19 control.

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    As Technical as you are Dr I think it is unrealistic to control a virus like this without total lock downs and complete shutdowns. I think SL did what it could and there is light at the end of the tunnel with the Vaccines around the corner.

    The Truth as soon as the airport opens up it will be well nigh impossible to stop and in a way keeping the infections at those first wave numbers would have lead to keeping the country closed while the rest of the world is opening up.

    So the way I look at this SL did what it needed to do.

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      a14455 / December 8, 2020

      CORONA virus is known to the experts for decades. COVID 19 is not that harmful as appeared to be. Senior virologists add their thoughts today but our ballige puthas led srilanka make every effort to mislead the helpless innocient people.

      Today they have made the enviroment stupid people be caught by their commercial gains.
      The kind of panipbeema should be given to Rajakshes so that they could be disspeared from our sights sooner than later.

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      a14455

      “I think it is unrealistic to control a virus like this without total lock downs and complete shutdowns.”

      Single handed Shavendra and Kamal boasted that for those who finished off LTTE this Corona was nothing. Both still boasting about the war and have had no clue about the Pandemic. These are good for nothing war criminals, not fit for the job.

      Let the medical profession deal with it or if you insist send both to medical college and train them for 6 years then let them come back and start at the bottom.

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        That is your opinion. Without them you this the average PHI who misses cockroach-infested restaurants will suddenly be able to find corona.

        seems like the kind of thing jada palanaya would have done and failed miserably and blamed everyone else.

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          Thanks to Good goverannce, the country has achieved a lot during last 4.5 years. GSP plus, taking away UN resolutions, lifting fish bans and lot more. Basil the man who is known as MOST abusive of all Rajakshes once said, the talent of good governance in terms of foreign affairs saved the nation. But slaves nay haveNOT heard it…
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          Today the first wind mill was open amidst praises to MR et al, but telling again untruths to the very same gallery of people as if current govt did it. Blatant lies mislead the very same people again and again today.

          What else they did not do, durin gthat 4.5 years… peopel are not grateful even if their pay hikes were made as promised by them. During the two terms of Rajaksehs , no pay hikes were given to public servants. Sadly, slaves have not noticed it yet today.

          However, they cound not control the MEDIA mafia in order to outreach the masses about the good they achieved during those years. Instead, Rajakashes rascals painted the picture in favour them and misled the guillible across the country.

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        Dear Mr NV,
        Wie geht es Dir denn so ? Germany s numbers go up with colder temperatures came in. But they are powerful enough to continue with their restrictions as have been sofar. Dr Merkel held a speech y day asking people not to gather for christmas celebrities as they are used to do so in previous years. Germans in general control themselves by their own. If a mask would not be on by anyone, people themselves ask them why…. but many other nations dont do so.. :::: It is the media mislead the nations TODAY. Media virus is much more dangerous than COVID19
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        No point of commenting to a14455. He has swallowed the bitter and dangerous pill of Rajakashes as no other. To him anything and everything including personal hurts would have been secondary but Rajaakshes are set above all. These men are born to destroy any nation. The kind of men are plenty everywhere. Look at the way how Trump is yet being put above by those supremacists up there. They have the guts to call their election as no different to that of a developing country today. But the Trump does not know the administration is still under him (until 20th Jan). Likewise, our MERCY cows in the leadership, have been misleading the nation, each single day from dawn to dusk…. our people deserve it. I have no sympthy to them any more.

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          leelagemalli

          Thanks
          I am fine.
          If a14455 is not around we will get bored.
          We need stupid to entertain us.

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      Appropriate and well-thought-out lockdowns are very necessary, but they have to be devised and planned by medical professionals, not by soldiers who know little of either medicine or social psychology.
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      Army personnel may have to enforce observation by the irresponsible, but not without the sensible majority endorsing counter-measures as necessary and reasonable.
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      Unless a majority of members of society are responsible persons, that entire society is going to destroy itself. It is unfortunate that “a14455” appears unwilling (or incapable of) treating other human beings with the respect that they deserve.
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      We could hardly be setting the bar any lower if we say that he is not as insulting as “rj1952”. Unfortunate that our society has thrown up monsters such as these.

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    Dr. Janapriya, as a physician and a colleague , time after time here in CT and elsewhere, I questioned the veracity of information, provided by our govt and media. It was so obvious to me within months (April/May) our govt was intentionally misinforming the public. Now the count is at 28, 000 and yet ,it is just the beginning. Here are some infor provided by our govt, media,Rajapaksa accolytes. 1) promoting Lanka as safe destiny and medical tourism 2) slf promoting to No 3 in the world 3) maintained few hundred of cases and death below 10 through out major part of the pandemic 4) conducting islandwide election in so called safe environment 5) Thondaman funeral procession 5) number of death reduced by changing protocols 6) maintaining stories about 2nd and third wave and clusters, when there was no first wave.7) denying community infection 8) arresting people for questioning distorted facts, medis restrictions

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    As a physician I have personally treated many Covid affected patients in past 6 months and there by gained further knowledge and experience. I followed the course in hospitalized patients, saw critically affected in the ICU, looked at x-rays/MRI of lungs of the worse affected, documented multi system involvement in some, witnessed few who died and overall now have a better understanding about the pandemic. I have no doubt in saying our govt and media intentionally down played for their own political gains.

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    What surprises me is that other than few like you none in the medical field, GMOA/SLMC, virologist, epidemiologist bothered to question these made up facts. For me this is a dire situation , seperating Lanka from the rest. By turning political, Doctors in Lanka have failed in their duties, become unethical, did not follow through the pledge they took and enabled in misinforming the public. This is akin to Easter wher many knew in advance, took all precautions in saving them self and their families, but did not warn the concerned public. Now we have doctors who knew and took precautions but did not care for the public. Now doctors are requesting the govt to treat Covid patients in private, so that they can make further income.

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    Here is an example of how effective our govt quarantine worked. Minister Sudarshini said Brandix employees were infected by some hotel workers who inturn got infected by some foreigners (Ukrainians) who were quarantined in hotels. There by much potent European strain was introduced to Lankans. What this means is foreigners were quarantined but not the Lankans who were serving them, in those hotels, who inturn got many of their family and friends infected. This is how efficient our govt managed quarantine was during pandemic. Same with Navy personal. The so called quarantine infact are super spreaders in Lanka, who went home for holidays, who returned home after work and continue to spread. I have a question to Doctor J. I hear daily about disinfecting and see people going around spraying in public places. What is that they are spraying ?? is it a WHO/GMOA recommendation?? these chemicals will get into water and food we consume and how lethal they are?? is it one of Dr. White’s prescription ??? or just another SHAM to fool public ????(placebo like injection Aqua given to convince conversion/somatization patient)

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    Rajapaksas strategy for crisis management, governance and politicking are pretty simple. When a lie is repetedly told again and again, , in a month it turns into fact, in 6 months it is considered as truth, in a year it is the law and finally it will be, the fate of people and country.

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    Soon after typing my last comment, a friend of mine posted the pictures from Kegalle, where more than 10,000 people showed up to buy the miracle ayurvedic medicine, which claims to treat Covid overnight. Apparently Pavithre had consumed it few days ago , hence the publicity stunt. There are police officials and other higherups seen among the crowd. Govt which denied rights to mourn, quoting Covid restrictions, had no such issues in crowd assembling, to witness miracle.

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    hello. Sinhala modsyao kawun Kanna yoadayo’s are rubbing chilli on their privates and howling in joy at their foolishness in their stupidity at bringing back into power a family of cheap petty-minded clone criminals who will even sell their women/young boys to remain in power making monies whilst the rest of the population are drowning in happiness suffering from hunger and starvation.
    2.
    even today a good mate sent me a picture of the new president travelling in comfort with his dog in absolute comfort whilst the nation is suffering silently in fear of the war criminal armed forces.
    3.
    Rajapuka Alima horu kawun Kanna modayo is the wail of the majority of take now disgntled population.

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    Take a look at the dismay of SLPP MP Prof. Tissa Vitharana (PhD and a long career in Virology, and 25 years of membership in WHO expert committee on Viral diseases);
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=cSXGBrn2mOY

    Certainly he thought high and mighty of Gota Rajapaksa and co when he threw his support behind them during the last presidential election. Should have stuck to virology.

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      Sugandh,

      Expertise dont matter where MYTHS and other various criminal forces are placed above in a society. Exactly that is the reality in our home country.
      :
      This Prof added his thoughts to a forum lately, If my memory is right it should be face to nation weekly program being telecasted by Sirasa.
      :
      GMOA – which is just a trade union is place above as if they are the EXPERTISE though with just MBBS qualifications only. Each and every day guys from GMOA are interviewed by HIRU and DERANA TV for their thoughts under the recommendation of Rajapakshe family.
      :
      The best that should speed up the process would be Rajaakshe be marginalized by this or other virus getting rid of the nation from MR-GR-NR-BR VIRUS which is proved to be much more dangerous than even EBOLA deadly virus.
      This virus would not care much about the real grievances of the poor people. They grab power to do any wrong doing in public and paint it as FAVOURABLE to the nation. We are doomed as a nation. This is a curse.

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    Dear Sugandh,
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    I dutifully listened to 90 minutes of this 110-minute programme:
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    Face the Nation TV1; Governance and Economy – 07. 12. 2020, chaired by Sameer Rasooldeen, who looks like Tarzan, and is quite intelligent.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&feature=youtu.be&v=cSXGBrn2mOY
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    The discussion: civilised and intelligent, but it gets nowhere. . Pof. Tissa Vitharna, all credentials enumerated, admitted that he could be asked to play a more active role. Bluntly told he is 86, he said that he was saying in Parliament that COVID has reached the stage of community transmission, superseding the Government’s “cluster version”.
    .
    All elicited in the first 20 minutes. The other guests: Harshana Nanayakkara, an Attorney-at-Law representing the NPP (ie JVP) and Eran Wickremaratne. The government stood exposed, but everything was far too civilised. Economy and Justice: ditto.
    .
    Nobody had an exit plan. The fault lies with us, voters, who gave the Rajapaksas this mandate. I know that most of us, readers, did what we could by voting for NPP or SJB, but we clearly weren’t successful in getting the message across to monolingual voters.
    .
    Now the entire population of 22 million suffers. And the suffering could be of as yet unimaginable proportions.

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      Dear SM:
      So true. No solutions; no resolve to raise the stakes on this pressing matter. Perhaps they foresee the futility of any effort towards getting the government to listen and wake up. But it’s no reason to step aside and let it happen; essentially, they too aren’t doing their job.

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    It is disappointing that of 36 comments that have come in so far 25 have been from either me, or from leelagemalli and from a “physician” known as “chiv”, neither of whose identities is known to me.
    .
    Meanwhile, the COVID is galloping along. Well over 31,000 “cases” admitted, but with that the sunshine stories that there have been many recoveries (for which we are grateful).

    There is a “story” that “Former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Vass Gunawardena” has also contracted the disease.
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    He is under sentence of death, and in Welikada jail. Let but an article appear saying that he is going to be either executed (that what’s ‘death sentence’ means, after all) or that he is to be pardoned and released (such things have happened for the past two years) and there’ll be hundreds of people commenting – usually arguing that the Sinhalese or the Tamils first arrived on this island.

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      That is a very good sign indicatng that many usually stand on their heads Mr Sinhala man .
      #
      They are not whole hearted as u and me. I add my posts because I really want people in my home country are blessed with better systems. This weekend is still occupied but i check CT posts also being on the way travelling in colder European temperatures these days. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    PART TWO
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    I’ve just readied an email to Dr Janapriya that his University teacher of Anatomy had passed away (of old age); cremated today. Let but an article be about cremating Muslims, and there’ll be a flood of comments.
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    Yes, I have exchanged emails with Dr Janapriya, but he hasn’t given me a telephone number; I understand how disturbing a phone can be.
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    But as for CORONA: I can’t help feeling that those who don’t read articles of this sort are to blame for most problems confronting us.
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    BTW, let it not be felt that I’m saying that only three of us have responded adequately. There are others who have commented, and some may have read, digested, and not commented – for a variety of reasons. Being unsure of acceptable English could be one – it’s a special problem in Sri Lanka which cannot be just wished away.
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    Sad, it all is.

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