May 28, 2020

Stick to 1/3 or 1/2 of staff - Anil Jasinghe Featured

Health authorities have requested to stick to one third or half of the cadre at public and private institutions.

"Still the country is not 100 percent open and it is moving in that direction. All state and private institutions are requested to employ one third or half of their full workforce during this time. Operational Guidelines should be strictly implemented by all state and private institutions," Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said yesterday (27).

2 more hospitals

He also informed that two more hospitals have been prepared to treated Covid-19 infected Sri Lankan returnees from overseas.

The measure was taken after much of the overseas returnees were tested positive for Covid19.

150 cases, a new daily high was reported yesterday, with 53 Navy personnel and 97 overseas returnees.

All Operational Guidelines for institutions, occasions etc. can be downloaded from the Health Ministry website. More guidelines for social events etc are to be declared today and day after.


Meanwhile, additional secretary to the President for Foreign Relations, Admiral Colombage had said that repatriation flights in the coming weeks will be determined on the limitations of the capacity of PCR tests and Covid-19 treatment facilities.

The Presidential Secretariat recently emphasized that the government does not interfere in the preparation of the list of migrant workers, for repatriation.

“None of the lists for repatriation are prepared in Sri Lanka. They are prepared by Sri Lankan missions overseas through the Ministry of Foreign Relations,” Admiral Colombage had added.

Meanwhile, in a media release yesterday, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Seychelles noted, "considering the request of Sri Lankans residing and working in Seychelles who have registered their interest in returning to Sri Lanka, the Government is making arrangements to facilitate their return to Sri Lanka in compliance with the existing regulations and availability of quarantine facilities in the country.