11th September 2021 14:08:16 Hours
"The nation-wide quarantine curfew, expected to end on Monday (13) has been extended till 4.00 am on 21 September in order to curb further transmission of the epidemic and the health sector is expected to submit a report to HE the President on the guidelines that should be adopted to re-open the country again with necessary restrictions, etc", so said General Shavendra Silva, Head NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army adressing one more weekly meeting session of the NOCPCO Task Force at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) this afternoon (10) at Rajagiriya.
At the outset, General Shavendra Silva through zoom technology summed up developments as regards control measures of COVID-19 across the country in the past few days after quarantine curfew was imposed and briefed the gathering on the ongoing vaccination project, the status quo of the transmission, control measures and future projections, etc.
He explained the drop of death rates as well as the numbers of infectees in the past few days, although the majority of the dead were still those who had not received any kind of vaccine. The vaccination process is going on smoothly and home-based quarantine system is running satisfactorily and capacity in hospitals are now manageable without much congestion.
Friday's meeting, headed by General Shavendra Silva, Head NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and the Medical Specialist, Dr Asela Gunwardena, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) was also virtually addressed by the DGHS and other specialist members in the Task Force. The discussions centred on hospital capacities, ICCs, Operation of Public Transport, Re-opening of Schools, PCR and Antigen tests, Vaccine types demanded by foreign countries for entry, etc.