No plan to impose a complete countrywide lockdown, says Army Commander

Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva.

There was no plan to impose a complete countrywide lockdown at present. However, localised lockdowns would be imposed in various Grama Niladhari Divisions and Police divisions based on the requirements, says General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Army Commander and Head, National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

Speaking to the media, he said that 16 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Kalutara and Polonnaruwa districts have been placed under isolation orders.

Meanwhile, he said that there was no need for the public to panic as the health authorities were prepared to handle the situation at hand.

The Commander also said that as of yesterday, April 30,  the bed capacity had been increased by 1,200 additional beds, adding that the Army has the capacity at hand for an additional 5,000 plus beds. He said that within the next 48 hours, the bed capacity would be increased further.