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Covid second wave because Govt. said it was over – Opposition

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By Imesh Ranasinghe

The Parliamentary Opposition is charging that the general public let down their guard against the Covid-19 pandemic because the government officially stated that the virus has been eliminated in Sri Lanka as more reports of positive patients were announced.

Several more factories were closed, and reports of Covid positive patients were reported from several locations as it appeared that the virus was gaining ground on the island.

Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella took on the Health Minister in Parliament today saying she had said last month that Sri Lanka has successfully eliminated COVID from the community.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi had made the statement despite the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and the Medical Research Institute (MRI) stating that the problem was not over, Kiriella said.

Wanniarachchi told reporters at the time that Sri Lanka can be considered as a country which was able to successfully eliminate COVID-19 from the community.

Kiriella charged that the government, unfortunately, wanted to take political credit until the elections were over that COVID-19 was successfully eliminated which led the people to take the virus lightly.

“The general public trusted what the government said and did not follow proper protective measures,” he added.

Replying Kiriella, Health Minister Wanniarachchi said that she made that statement at that time based on several facts.

She said that generally COVID-19 is determined based on four stages, stage one where there are no cases in the country, stage two where cases appear from here and there in the country and their contacts can be found, stage three where patients are found as clusters and stage four where patients are found all around the country source of the virus cannot be found.

She added at the time she made this statement the Lankapura patient was found and over 25,000 PCR tests where done in the community. (ECONOMYNEXT)



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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