The Presidential Task Force (PTF) at Rajagiriya National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), co-headed by Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Hon Minister of Health, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the NOCPCO, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services this afternoon (3) had one more review of the developments as regards the status quo of COVID-19 transmission in the country, together with a handful of experts and other stakeholders.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva welcomed PTF members and guests before all in the meeting evaluated updates, and the overall picture of the pandemic.
Discussions also focused on health safety measures and new strategies that need to be adopted in the wake of forthcoming Poson season with the intention of keeping the public strictly restricted to proper procedures as announced by Health Ministry authorities and officials.
PTF members also underlined the need to accept foreign arrivals under a better-devised plan while addressing strategically relevant priorities. They also discussed the possibilities of taking those expatriates to specifically improvised Quarantine Centres for better management.
They also took stock of the status quo, conduct of PCR tests, arrival of expatriates and the progress of ongoing preventive work, quarantine procedures, repatriation of more expatriates from overseas and infrastructure capacities of Quarantine Centres and opening of alternative QCs in the event of any emergency or need of more space for accommodation of them.