President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested for a grace period or a debt moratorium from international financial institutions for developing countries at the risk of coronavirus infections. The President has requested the Director General of World Health Organization to make the request from bilateral and multilateral aid agencies. The President has pointed out that it will help the developing countries to manage social distancing, public health and social security systems. The president made these recommendations during a meeting held at presidential secretariat yesterday. Meanwhile, many important decisions have also been taken during this meeting. A special task unit has been setup under the chairmanship of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa to streamline the distribution of essential commodities to the general public. The task force consist members from the three armed forces, police, health sector, Consumer Affairs Authority, Sathosa and government information department. The task force will implement a special program in this regard with the support of district secretaries, divisional secretaries and grama seva officers.
Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the next two weeks are very crucial period for Sri Lanka. The general public should cooperate with the government to implement the guidelines given by the Health Ministry. The distancing process has to be carried out without any interruption. The general public should be aware of the fact that the distancing is the main important obligation of the society. The self-quarantine and the other quarantine processes should also be carried out without any hindrance. The president also stated strict measures and regulations will be implemented in coming days to ensure the distancing process.