‘Guidelines to reopen the country currently being compiled’

The Ministry of Health says guidelines required in order to reopen the country on the 1st of October are currently being compiled.

Media Spokesman of the Ministry Specialist Dr. Hemantha Herath speaking at a media briefing today said health guidelines issued previously will be reinforced.

Dr. Herath said the Director General of Health Services will republish the guidelines during the week adding that it has not been newly formulated.

He added the guidelines issued this time last year, will 99% be reinforced.

He claimed if the public adheres to the regulations, the coronavirus can be controlled and activities in the country can resume accordingly.

Meanwhile, journalists questioned Dr. Herath over whether operations at the PCR laboratory opened at the Bandaranaike International Airport have been suspended.

Dr. Herath said the project was initiated as a pilot project.

He said pilot testing work is currently underway adding that while it was ceremoniously declared opened its functions must be satisfactory.

Dr. Herath said testing at the lab hasn’t commenced even though the laboratory was set up and facilities installed.

He noted that the capacity that the lab can bear hasn’t been determined yet, claiming that approval and clearance for the lab to function stringently has not been issued yet.

Stating it is not a technical failure, Dr. Hemantha Herath said organising matters requires time adding that they must also determine whether practically a test can be conducted and the result issued within three hours .

Dr. Herath meanwhile commenting on the periodic trade union action launched said trade unions can stage protests in order to secure their demands adding the right to protest will always be respected.

He stated the Health Ministry and the government are paying attention to the demands while concerns will be solved through discussions.

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