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Government is playing down the COVID-19 pandemic … Sjith charges

Sajith Premadasa

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has charged that the Government was downplaying the pandemic, which should have been highlighted in the Budget.

He was speaking on the debate on the second reading on the 2021 Budget.Sajith said:

“The Government does not have any strategic plan to counter the pandemic. What are the figures for how many ventilators, ICU beds and PCR test kits the country needs? The Government has no clear cut answers.

Some international companies have developed vaccines and some countries have already ordered millions of doses. We call on the Government to place the orders without joining the queue later. The Government should give the vaccines free, till then we will fight for the people to get it free. Since January, we have been telling the Government to take COVID-19 safety precautions, and conduct PCR tests.

Now the Government is suppressing the media, especially the social media and arresting journalists to cover up its failures. We do not have freedom of speech.

The Coronavirus task force should not be headed by military commanders but by medical professionals. The Government often overlooked the advice of health experts. It is a shame the Government has not consulted its own MP Prof. Tissa Vitharana though he is an expert on virology.”

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