President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday put the onus on heads of both government and private institutions to ensuring that the COVID-19 related health guidelines are adhered to in their respective organizations as the country grapples with a spike in reported cases of the coronavirus.

At a meeting held with health care professionals and others who make up the Presidential Task Force to curb COVID-19, the President noted that the coronavirus is prone to spread until adequate and satisfactory containment measures are kept in place and cited  the latest outbreak which began at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center as an unfortunate example of this trend.

He also said there should be easily accessible testing facilities  for those exposed to such clusters of people and spoke on the importance of carrying out simple tests such as regular body temperature checks in rehabilitation centers, prisons, universities, schools, and similar places.

“Wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance are vital under this situation. If you suffer from fever and ailments related to throat, you should refrain from mingling with crowds. Simple practices like these would make a difference in combating COVID-19”, President noted.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and  Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi were among those who attended the meeting.

Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr.Anil Jasinghe 
Commissioner General of Prions Thushara Upuldeniya.The Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center where the fresh outbreak started operates under the Prison Department 
Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) President Dr.Anuruddha Padeniya 
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa