SLMA express concern over lifting of travel restrictions

Sunday, 20 June 2021 - 14:12

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Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) stated that they are concerned by the decision taken to relax the travel restrictions from 21 to 23 June and to re-impose travel restrictions on 23 to 25 June, in a background where the SLMA had requested to extend the travel restrictions until 28 June.

Forwarding a letter to President, SLMA pointed out that they are unclear of the decision taken in a backdrop where over 2,000 COVID cases, over 50 COVID deaths are reported in a day, and the deadly Indian Delta strain was found in the community

Conducting a press conference, Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) member Dr Prasad Colombage stated that if the people violate health guidelines with the lifting of the travel restrictions, the diseases could spread further.

Among the 2,248 COVID patients reported yesterday (19), the highest number of COVID patients were identified from the Kalutara District, which was 424 patients.

From the Gampaha District, 407 cases were reported, while 411 cases were reported from the Colombo District.

Another 79 cases have been reported among overseas returnees.

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela has ordered to inspect the bank accounts of a Galle-Fort resident who allegedly acted as an intermediary in administering the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine at the Unawatuna-Galle District Health Services Director's Office.

The Galle Divisional Crime Investigation Division has been also ordered to obtain reports regarding several other mobile phone numbers.

The order was issued over the case on the vehicles that travelled used the Southern Expressway to travel from the Western Province to receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on 05 and 07 June