4 August, 2021

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End This Benighted Lockdown!

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Last week in this column I wrote how much greater damage prolonging the lockdown does to people’s lives than the calculated risk of dismantling it while, of course, keeping intelligent controls in place. Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan managed the epidemic excellently but never indulged in blanket curfew because wise leaders, not a cabal made decisions. Singapore neglected its sardine-packed camps of cheap foreign labourers and is now paying the price. China despite early blunders licked the virus by taking political control. But who is running the curfew-show here; Gota and his Cabinet or a cabal (Health Services’ Jayasinghe, Army’s Silva and IGP Wickremaratna)? The initial draconian overreaction was forgivable, but now when a nuanced and calibrated approach is needed Lanka’s decision-makers are out of their depth.

The 24 new cases detected on Monday (20) were all people already in quarantine*, hence curfew makes no difference. Extending the curfew up to April 27 because of this detection is asinine. Some 5000 buses and 400 trains are to start running and 50% of people to work from home. Where will they run to and from? Will people be arrested if they alight in ‘curfewed’ zones? How can daily-paid labourers, street vendors, masons, carpenters and 3-wheeler guys work 50% from home? (*Daily Mirror 20 April: “Health Services Director Jasinghe said all were reported from those in quarantine in Bandaranayakpura”).

What sense does it make to lift curfew in Wellewatte, Havelock Town and Colpetty but not in Bambalapitiya? Curfew in Kohuwala but not Pilyandala and Nugegoda. The schedule for complementary SLAF helicopter rides hopping over Bambalabitiya and Kohuwala has still to be released by our highflying authorities! (For curfew zones click here)

How many administrative districts (of SL’s 26) have not confirmed a single case outside detention centres (non ‘quarantinees’) in the last 10 days? The majority. How many have not had a single non-‘quanantinee’ case in the last five days? Data is as rare as turmeric, but say twenty-two. Why then in pluperfect heaven are these districts under curfew or partial curfew for weeks and the lives of day-wage earners and families made hell? Why the devil did we need to lockup the whole nation if only the cases within quarantined facilities increased? It seems the authorities have an even lower IQ than god gave me. Hong Kong, Taiwan and S Korea have blazed the way in which crowd control, restrictions on gatherings, airport monitoring and cordoning of pockets were effectively used. Ours is a donkey’s curfew with no nuance.

Harm to people’s daily lives and damage to the economy is colossal. Pain is considerable in less well-off classes; hardest hit, the daily-paid – labourers, masons-carpenters-plumbers-electricians, street vendors, 3-wheeler wallas, workers in SMEs, and small contractors. An angry groundswell is building. In the US mass street protests, mostly right-wing groups, have erupted against ‘stay-home’ orders which are far less draconian than our curfew. Regarding damage to the economy one number says it all, the exchange rate; the US dollar spiked at Rs 194 a few days ago from Rs 175 in July 2019. The longer factories and businesses stay closed the harder to get up to steam again”. Big shots don’t care; they don’t even discuss issues and trade-offs in the public domain.

The pretentiousness of Lanka’s political parties is obvious. None care about the people. All are agog with elections and their own prospects. President, Cabinet and Sajith are all election focused. This curfew must go whether it suits Gota or it doesn’t suit Gota, whether it suits or does not suit Sajith. It must go because it yields little additional benefit in limiting virus spread but does harm to people’s lives. The President’s Media division decreed in dictatorial tones: “Travelling to and from the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam Districts is completely prohibited for every citizen”. 

The government wants quick elections for certain reasons and the opposition, for the same reasons, or rather the obverse of the same reasons, wants delay. The regime calculates the feelgood effect of Gota’s victory is still alive. Secondly this country like many others is soaked in racial-religious enmity and GR is the beneficiary of a gush of mass Sinhala-Buddhist (SB) feeling. Third, some folks say GR handled corona well and there is electoral benefit to be gained. 

Racial and religious prejudice are here to stay. GR-MR-SLPP are assured of a majority of the SB vote for the foreseeable future and will do what it takes to consolidate it including pardoning anyone who slit the throats of children provided they are Tamils. The outpouring of SB cheer for the pardon was overwhelming. Whether elections are held now or in three months the results will be much the same. If Gota revokes the March 22 Gazette and holds elections in August the results will not be much different but it would let the country return to a degree of normality. Right now people want free movement and food; who wants elections! 

The feelgood factor will last as long as the economy does not go into tailspin and the same goes for the brownie points scored in handling corona. People put up with loss of income and the mess created by the curfew because they accepted the pandemic as an ‘Act of God’.  But the worst is still to come. The economy will do badly in the next 18 months. The World Bank forecast says the SL economy will contract by 0.5% to 3% in 2020 – yes shrink. But the worst is 12 to 18 months away. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Nothing in this piece is intended to denigrate the achievements of thousands of frontline health workers tirelessly striving to arrest the pandemic or the efforts of foot-soldiers and policemen on the ground coping with the tough job assigned to them.

End the Lockdown!

Let the People Work and Eat!

Damn Political Opportunists of all stripes!

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    Good idea. Why not do this on a trial basis in Yapanaya on the condition that Kumar David take the responsibility if things go wrong. If that works, can extend to rest of the country and give the credit to Kumar David. Are you prepared to take that challenge?

    “End the Lockdown!
    Let the People Work and Eat!”

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      KD, dead on this time! The Covid 19 testing kits are all off! India has said that only 6 percent were accurate. The figures are GMOA and WHO stooge Anil Jayasinghes imagination.
      Reality is that very few are dying of Covid 19 in South Asia where flu. dengue etc; kill many more people annually but the cowardly Left parties and and civil society in Sri Lanka which should be protesting the loss of democratic rights, including right to life and livelihood has abdicated all common sense
      JVP is shivering at the covid 19 virus, waiting to get back its parliamentary privileges rather than protesting the this absurd curfew. JVP has been infected with with the WHO’s fear Psychosis virus and is covering in their homes. AKD is a disgrace and of course Sajith is a total clown! Long live Miracle of Modayas.

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        Now we know the reason for the lock down and the Fake Covid 19 panic – Indian military to land in Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries with US military equipment under the guise of helping out in a non-existent Corona epidemic! Check out this link:

        http://www.colombopage.com/archive_20A/Apr22_1587533517CH.php
        So the Covid 19 Panicdemic is part of the US war on China and Asia, to make America great again, using its racist- anti- Muslim and anti-China, lacky Moda Modi to divide Asia and make America great again by using the Covid 19 fake epidemic

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      EE
      Daft comment as not unusual.
      Jaffna is pretty much safe and could have been free of restrictions some time ago.
      The worst hit is Western Province.
      The curfew has done more harm than good.
      If not for the police turning a blind to curfew breakers who venture out to buy food and medicine (through the ‘backdoor’ of shops often) there would have been chaos.
      The police mainly check vehicles for ‘curfew passes’, which makes sense.

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    “The 24 new cases detected on Monday (20) were all people already in quarantine*, hence curfew makes no difference. Extending the curfew up to April 27 because of this detection is asinine.”

    just because on one day there are no new cases does not mean that you have to lift the curfew.To extend it upto 27th was the correct thing to do.You have to see for a whole week there are no new cases.Then you can lift the curfew.If then new cases start again you can watch for a week and then slap the curfew again.The virus must be crushed completely.

    “What sense does it make to lift curfew in Wellewatte, Havelock Town and Colpetty but not in Bambalapitiya?

    that is to show the masses/asses that it is being done in a scientific manner.

    “masons-carpenters-plumbers-electricians”
    coudn’t get hold of them before the virus.May be now they will come without delay.

    “n the US mass street protests, mostly right-wing groups, have erupted against ‘stay-home’ orders”

    that is because the stupid president who thinks the stockmarket is the barometer of the health of a country is egging them on.This was the guy who downplayed the virus and said it was just like the flu and is now responsible for over 40000 deaths and a stricken economy.

    “The pretentiousness of Lanka’s political parties is obvious. None care about the people.”
    they represent the people who don’t care for their fellow beings and get what they deserve.

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      Shiva Shiva ” Shankra

      “The 24 new cases detected on Monday (20) were all people already in quarantine*, hence curfew makes no difference. Extending the curfew up to April 27 because of this detection is asinine.”.

      *** What rubbish are you talking about. If 20 are already in Quarantine counting them as New Cases ( Curfew makes a difference because you know where they are so you can count , count count and recount) will amount to Gothas false accounting just like he was declared as winner at the Presidential Poll. Bloody FRAUDS

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        kali

        iam not the one who said about the 20 quarantine cases.It was kumar david.i did not take them into consideration at all as new cases..My point is one day of having 0 new cases is not enough.You must have a whole week of 0 new cases.

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          Only North Korea will qualify with zero all along.
          Nicaragua had no cases for a week in mid-March and mid-April but then there were a few since.
          Vietnam with no deaths and 270 infections had a zero record for over 10 days but there were two yesterday.
          What matters is the pattern.
          With small populations a few a day is fully acceptable. (With larger populations the acceptable rate will be based on the number infected previously.)
          In Sri Lanka the sudden jump since 18th April points to bad management somewhere.

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    Kumar Well said – keep it coming! The brutal lockdown of the US citizen Rajapaksa brothers must end.

    No one is talking about the single biggest fall of the Lankan rupee which hit 200 against the USD during the brutal lockdown. Meanwhile the Indian rupee has been stable and the dollar up.

    US citizen Rajapaksa brothers are running behind the corrupt Ethiopian politician who heads the WHO to ask the Washington Consensus for debt moratoriums, not cancellation.
    WHO’s Tedoros give nonsensical “advice” is based on FAKE DATA – the testing kits are malfunctioning all over, but the morally and intellectually bankrupt US citizen Rajapaksa brothers follow and impose brutal curfews to destroy Sri Lankan Economy and Society, with applause form the usual suspects – US, UK, Canada and Aussi ambassadors! They are watching with glee and waiting for the kill as the rupee crashes to further debt trap and Asset strip Lanka’s land, seas, minerals and other resources and set up military bases
    Quite right that Sajith is a moron of the highest and totally unfit to lead even a village council.
    He should be sent back to kindergarten as no one can give a certificate or end date for Corona – the American virus that was meant to destory globaliztion, Asian economies and make USA great again, but as usual back fired and badly!

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      At present, USA is the #1 petroleum producer in the world. There economy is in pieces. Petroleum barrel I heard has a minus value. Their debt is double digit trillions. YET dOLLAR IS UP. Rupee which does not have much of a value for decades. At present, most do not export or import. Some how they down graded SL banks and the rupee. I think it is IMF. Rupee is 190 per dollar. Now, Moody says Sri lankan rating which is BB- may go down further, They mean sri Lanka may become INSOLVENT and it may become like ZIMBABWE.

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        Zimbabwe became insolvent because of a raft of sanctions imposed by the West.
        But it stuck to its guns so that even the new regime will not return the land to the thieves of the colonial era.
        Zambia had a rare African leader who defied imperialism, while many including Mandela compromised.

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    The author’s case needs to be considered since it is NOT about the election hullabaloo that many are obsessed with. Simply put he says the lock-down can be replaced by controlled measures like in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore since it is doing a lot of harm and marginal (or no) good.

    The interesting point is that this does not mean we should rush to hold elections in June or July just because we revoke the lock-down. We can remove the lock-down now AND we can hold elections in August after the country returns to sufficient normality. Good point; why not?

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    Basil stole, Gots got people poor by curfew, the officials crooked, that’s what we normally get in SL.
    Bunch of thugs and crooks running the show. That’s ok by the people,as they vote for them .

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    Retarded Sajith wants so stay cosy in Gota’s lock down forever it seems!
    India has suspended the community survey of Covid 19 spread because of faulty test kits from China.
    In Sri Lanka the GMOA is massaging the Covid 19 data and numbers with the WHO stooge Anil Jayasinghe to keep the curfew going even though the data is off!

    The UNP, JVP, TNA opposition should have questioned the numbers and protested the crippling lock down and denial of right to info and livelihood after first 2 weeks. Curfew is a very brutal and blunt instrument destroying the economy, but rather Sajith wants to hold Gota’s hand and have a national government.

    No point reconvening the Cesspit of Corruption parliament so that the 250 looters of the national wealth can get their parliamentary privileges back with USAID “advisors” like Prasad Kariyawasm overseeing the corruption racket!

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    In the short term (PART I) Certainly there are question marks about the decision making Prof. But there is a limit in describing persons or their decisions as asinine. They broke rest for our safety. You describing the Army chief as a part of the inner cabal can be over-looked but certainly not the Director General of Health Services nor the IGP, which is an injustice. Chances are that we are likely to find out very belated detections and completely outside the camps of quarantine. Does that mean that others are to be locked-down forever? If there are dangerous cases why not lock down a lane or a small locality, which was already done. Already there are whispers that people are making a fast buck on delivery of essentials and they would like this process to prolong, with a smile that Mr. Smiles is the Mr. 10%. The reality is that there are people who are carriers but no sign of infection at all. They can spread it to others who can get infected and get diseased. Look at the stats. Out of a few hundreds of detections only 7 died. The number of people who were on ventilators is not provided. It is public knowledge that all others were given really some oriental treatment and got cured in the hospital. So why can’ the hospital be freed of such non-critical cases and see to such localized treatment are administered through local health authorities? Our strategy of health care must change for the better

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    In the mid and long term (PART II). Curfews can be lifted. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT COMPLETE NORMALCY CAN BE RESTORED. Crowding must be prevented. Thinking long term, today is COVID 19. Tomorrow it can be COVID 38, COVID 57 and so on without any vaccine. If the reaction is a total lock down to all this don’t forget that there could be enough of deaths because of the lock down. A chap known to me suggested as follows. Most of these fellows have mobile phones. If a fellow has to visit a shop or an institution near his residence, it has to be by prior appointment message sent to the mobile phone indicating the residential address and the route he should walk. He WALKS to the place, transact his business and the return journey could be through a three wheeler near the institution. He only gave broad outline and finer details will have to be worked out. That way, institutions could be open with a rotating minimum staff and for long hours. BUT NO CROWDING OR LOITERING IN THE STREETS OR HAVING PARTIES (WITH BOOZE OR OTHERWISE)

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    Yes, we need to transfer best practices from Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan to activate the economy. We need to revive our tourist industry, using wrist bands like Hong Kong, the garment industry with focus on protective products and attract FDI without going back to pre-77 policies.

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    The approach of the government is correct. Sri Lanka does not have capacity to cater influx of patients due to shortages in critical care. Hence prevention is the best approach though it may have a bearing on economy. It is note worthy to mention that a no citizen has starved to death and government has offered concessions of all needy. Unlike Trump who chose economy over lives Sri Lanka has shown the good old Asian tradition of lives first and been successful in flattening the curve.

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    Kumar David

    We will not let extremist violence to raise its head again: Prez:

    *** I hope you have a Hot Line to the CRIMINAL. Can you please ask him not to make laughable statements as above. He is not fit to Govern ad under him there is nothing to Govern. GOSL are putting out a lot of false information amounting to Damn lies such as World is trying to engage with them. Just like the 9th position in the World exposed by CT everything is a lie. GOSL begged IMF for $1.5 Billion and IMF are offering $190 Million.

    As for the following every Country below and beyond are LIARS
    Last week in this column I wrote how much greater damage prolonging the lockdown does to people’s lives than the calculated risk of dismantling it while, of course, keeping intelligent controls in place. Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan managed the epidemic excellently but never indulged in blanket curfew because wise leaders, not a cabal made decisions. Singapore neglected its sardine-packed camps of cheap foreign labourers and is now paying the price. China despite early blunders licked the virus by taking political control. But who is running the curfew-show here; Gota and his Cabinet or a cabal (Health Services’ Jayasinghe, Army’s Silva and IGP Wickremaratna)

    *** Gotha imposed Curfew to hide the truth. nothing else and only country to have done so.

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    It is a difficult balance between lives and livelihoods. What is more important ? health of the people or the health of the economy?

    This is a very difficult balance for any government. The only way out is testing and we don’t rank very well in this area.

    What is it that the lady heads of state in New Zealand, Germany, Taiwan and Iceland are doing differently ? Their death rates are very low and have very high levels of testing. Also 4 out of the 5 Nordic countries have female heads of state and their infections are lower than the rest of Europe.

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    While the author is certainly entitled to his opinion, it is not the same as a qualified statement from someone competent in the area of public health and economics or indeed an epidemiologist who has had experience with say SARS or MERS etc, they being quite recent. (ie less than 20 years ago) Therefore, the merits and demerits of national decisions would be better analysed by a suitable analyst.

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      Very true.

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    This curfew is a problem to the people who live in western province and the people live in Jaffna.In the Europe they have lockdown and they do not have curfew, my family live in the Uk, they are allowed to go out and do their shopping.In this country if you are live in the area government impose permanent curfew you cannot buy the basic food stuff without breaking the curfew.The people who are in charge of imposing the curfew has very low IQ.They cannot see what is happening to the poor of this country.I cannot see how they are going control this virus.As soon as curfew stop virus will come back.The only way to control this by a vaccine. Until then people have to take basic precautions.Before this virus we had TB,Small pox.and people lived in this country.

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    The Coronavirus lockdown has been a heaven-sent blessing to ‘good and well-connected’.

    They enjoy the benefits of travelling about during curfew – nice clear roads minus the great unwashed. Quick travel from city to country walauwwa.

    Uncrowded watering holes.

    So why the rush to change anything?

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    Indian Army to send teams to Sri Lanka to fight Covid-19

    What a news. COVID- 19 has given India the opportunity to sneak into Sri Lanka trough the backdoor to have a Military Presence which will now be forever. Gotha has fnally succumbed.
    I have always predicted this. COVID KF (IPKF) have arrived. China brought CORONA and India sent the Army to counter that. Sovereignty gone.

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      Who brought COVID-19 here?
      “I have always predicted this.”
      So what has happened to the prediction?

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    GMOA is holding the administration to ransom creating panic in the minds of the authorities. The just want a blanket curfew in the districts paving the way for an economic collapse. These pundits who use to go on strike at the bat of an eyelid are now trying to project them as the saviors of the nation. They do not realise that a country cannot survive if everything is locked down. Its no wonder because they used to close down hospitals without a care for the patients.The lock down has resulted in farmers unable to sell their crops as the buyers are not allowed to transport the, Small businessmen, daily workers, contractors are unable to practice their trades and unable to earn their keep. Masses have to depend on mobile vendors and risk the spread of the virus. Government does not get the revenues to run the country. The biggest revenue is from liquor trade which GMOA has proposed not to allow to be reopened without any connection to the virus. Do these self acclaimed pundits know how the government is paying their salaries without revenue.
    Its time the task force study the spread of corona virus not by district but by zones or muncipalities. Once the area is identified those areas can be isolated and the curfew lifted in the others without resorting to district wise curfew.

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    GR came to power on the wake of the Easter massacre & now the COVID 19 is a godsend for him to legitimise the militarisation of SL & himself as the supreme leader. A curfew, in developed countries, is imposed only under extraordinary circumstances, such as, an invasion or severe public disorder to protect civilian lives & property but has to be approved by the Parliament, & not on the whim of a person (presumably, advised by opportunistic cronies), justified & promoted for political gain as the swift action of a decisive leader. Couldn’t GR reconvene the Parliament in order to legitimise the act democratically, instead of excising an authoritarian rule?
    According to the Govt. & the biased media, SL has been commended by the world for controlling the pandemic, even better than developed countries, yet no country other than India, has followed SL’s example of a curfew & it certainly didn’t work in India with millions of people defying the curfew, despite physical assaults by the police. We are told that the Govt. has done an excellent job of distributing food to all citizens to justify the curfew hardship but if we are to think beyond the rhetoric, begs the question, firstly, it’s a logistical nightmare, therefore, can we be sure that nobody falls through the safety net &, secondly, is it sustainable?

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      STUPID RAJ-UK: In order to see your Wrath, HATRED and REVENGE, Sri lanka is doing fine. You people say thousands are infected. but only SEVEN died and out of that at least two are people with chronic conditions. Sri lanka got people from Italy, south Korea, and many chinese where it was reported first I suppose. Yet, Srilanka took it under control.

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        JD

        I have no anger or hatred towards SL & certainly no reason to seek revenge. It’s just that I feel sorry for poor people in SL & appalled by the corrupt politicians & their cronies who bleed the country dry. An inept, dithering & totally unsuitable President has paved the way for an authoritarian President with all the signs of a military regime & an indefinite familial rule in the years to come.

        I am happy to live in a democracy where politicians are held responsible, justice & law can be expected to be upheld & minorities are better protected. It is people like you who hero worship criminals in some misguided sense of patriotism & live in denial that I find pathetic.

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        Most of the infection was from returnee Sri Lankans (no Chinese or China returnees). I seriously doubt if a significant number of Korean returnees had infection.
        The government screwed it up twice after a very good initial handling. It got it right again by end of March, and messed up again in mid-April.
        The GR regime was trying to score on its COVID-19 performance but it has badly slipped up in April.

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          SJ

          “The government screwed it up twice after a very good initial handling.”

          Not just in the recent months but screwed it up since 1948, and you are rest assured it will continue to screw up big time until there is no country left to screw up.

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    A lockdown is not a curfew but a sensible & practical approach to prevent people congregating, yet, the economy of the country is not totally ignored. Accordingly, most business are shut & manufacturing, in particular, is badly affected but people work from home where possible & some industries continue, albeit, in a restricted manner. The UK economy is estimated to be losing £2b a day but, as the 5th largest economy, is able to provide some relief by throwing a lifeline to affected business to meet the salaries of its workforce but it is not an indefinite solution, therefore, as with most developed countries, is planing a staged easing of the lockdown. SL has a debt ridden economy, thanks to incompetent & corrupt politicians & their cronies but with the extra hardship brought about by 4 weeks of total shutdown, SL has now apparently reached rock bottom. This morning I received a telephone call from a friend worried about the apparent freezing of NRFC accounts, which indicates the desperate situation. Now that the curfew is to be lifted to conduct the election, will GR outline his post curfew strategy to revive the economy?

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    What Sri Lanka doing is right amidst many different Konduru Thel Merchents in CT want to accomplish different sides of the same story. One say just recall the parliament for one day. Another say, postpone the election august passed. I think step by step govt has to take this under control. Tamils got problems because of the protestant pastor who came to spread the religion in the North. Muslims because very special and they did not stand with others,. They wanted special treatments at the expense of the others. In brief, what the govt doing is right. If the leaders were stupid and selfish as it was in Yahapalanaya, sri Lanka would have been another New York , politicians would hide in their special as all 225 did during the EASTER ATTACK.

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      Whe psychopaths, war criminals and robbers run the country profesoori
      Nothing rational will happen
      Do no waste.your time writing

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    This is the kind of imaginative approach that US states are using. I am quoting a Press Release:
    Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas
    April 17, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

    Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-To-Go” model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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      Will such approach work here?
      It is good to be imaginative, but far better to be realistic.
      Our problems are different and there is no way someone else’s model can be copied.
      It was daft to have imposed a curfew without planning essential services and supplies.

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    Sri Lankans should be thankful that we follow a very strict regime of virus control with 7 deaths so far (out of 22 million population). Compare that with the US: 45 thousands deaths (and counting still) – out of 350 million people. The families of those 45k (a staggering number!) will tell you what they would prefer: lives or short-term suffering to preserve lives.

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    Don’t stress Dr David.. It will be over soon.

    UNP ex Speaker Uncle Karu is dusting off his old National Dress and soon recall the Parliament.

    The first Item on the agenda is a No Confidence Motion against PM Mahinda and his Cabinet for failing to control the Corona Virus and protect the Inhabitants.

    Mangala Samare has added an extra clause to the Motion .. for “Destroying the Economy of the Nation”.

    This looks like a done deal now thanks to that Velllala boy Genius Abraham Sumanathiran’s Constitutional expertise…

    Wonder what Minister jobs will Ranjan Ramanakayaka , Hirunicka Premachandra will get in the new Government?.

    Will Dr Rajitha, Rauf Hakeem Bathdeen get the same portfolios ?,

    Will Pujitha get the IGP job with Hemasairi as the Defence Sec?.

    Will the Field Marshall take over the Army Boys and the Tri forces ?..

    Will any Vellala MPs from the TNA join the Cabinet to help Control the Corona Virus?.

    Last but not least who is going to be the PM?…That is the 34 Million question.

    Will it be the same Dr Rani or the new UNP OPP Leader from Keselwatta?..

    Will they offer extra round of Free Car Permits to beef up their individual supporter base, plus to boost the numbers to that magic figure 2/3rd to give Veallala Boy’s TNA ,the Homeland which they have been eyeing for nearly 35 years .
    As well as a big Thank you to the TNA for creating another Opportunity?..

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    I think the govt should be allow to proceed without forcing stupid moves. Govt has to sort out how to consider the influence of asymptomatic people, Then the incubation period seems to be about 5 days up to probably 30 days or more. All youngsters can develop body immunity over the time. But, they can infect old people and people with chronic conditions.

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    E.W. Golding has quite rightly said that the case made out by Prof: Kumar David has merit and should be earnestly considered. Both make the same point. Quite coincidental eh!

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