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Wear two face masks if possible- State Minister Sudarshini

State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle has informed the public to wear two face masks if possible to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Speaking at a media briefing today, the State Minister said the public must remain at homes, avoid unnecessary travel and contribute towards efforts to mitigate the coronavirus.

The State Minister urged citizens to refrain from entertaining relatives and neighbours, to avoid crowds and enclosed spaces and to act responsibly.

State Minister Fernandopulle added individuals who undergo PCR tests must remain at home until the test result is released, adding that there is a backlog in test reports being released.

She noted that health workers are overwhelmed and cannot be deployed to the frontlines like hospitals and beds are being set up.

The State Minister added health workers are doing their utmost to contain the spread of the virus.

She claimed nursing staff who undergo a three year training period, cannot complete the training in six months, while doctors undergo five and a half years of training and laboratory specialists three years of training.

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