11/10/2020, 14.26
Send to a friend

COVID-19: lockdown in Colombo lifted

by Melani Manel Perera

Restrictions remain in place in some districts of the Western Province. The country has reported more than 14,000 cases and 36 deaths. Police in particular have been affected. For Bishop Asiri Perera, closing everything is not the solution, for people must live whilst respecting health rules.

Colombo (Asia News) – Th Sri Lankan government yesterday ended the COVID-19 lockdown in the capital and in some areas of the Western Province.

The country has reported more than 14,000 cases and 36 deaths so far. The police have been particularly affected with 460 police officers contracting COVID-19.

In areas still under lockdown, restrictions on government buildings mean that many employees are working from home.

Public transport and travel to and from restricted areas have been suspended; factory workers can move only if authorised by the authorities.

Dr Sudath Samaraweera, director of the Epidemiology Unit at the Ministry of Health, warned that the risk of infection has not yet been averted in the Colombo area, as the outbreak at the Peliyagoda fish market shows.

Bishop Asiri Perera, former president of Sri Lanka’s Methodist Church, also preaches caution. "The reopening of part of the country is good news, but we will have to be more careful than before,” he said speaking to AsiaNews.

In his view, the mistakes made after the first wave must not be repeated. However, shutting down everything is not the right response to the health threat.

"People must go out to work, earn their living,” he noted; at the same time, they must “keep in mind the health principles that we are called to follow” to protect the lives of others.

Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
After Buddhist monks beat Christian, Methodist bishop insists Christians are citizens of the country
12/08/2019 16:54
Easter Sunday attacks: Methodist bishop urges Christians not to be hostage to politics
21/04/2021 18:44
Viral video of quarrel between Buddhist monk and Christian minister. Methodist Bishop: We must support religious harmony
31/12/2019 09:52
Methodist Church attacked in Anuradhapura; bishop held hostage with the faithful
16/04/2019 17:39
Priest protesting against Rajapaksa in Colombo has passport cancelled
27/05/2022 17:15


Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”