Prime Minister asserts isolation not the answer to contain virus

Monday, 13 September 2021

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says isolation is not the answer to contain the coronavirus.

In his speech at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy, the Prime Minister said that while it may be legitimate for countries to close their borders temporarily to contain the virus, isolation is not the answer.

“One of the realities of the world in which we live, is the free movement of goods, services and people across national frontiers. Migration in search of a better life is challenged by conditions prevailing today, but employment opportunities on an equitable basis must continue to be available freely,” he said.

He said that the grave heath crisis which the world is experiencing at this time, serves to underline the bonds which unite all adding that COVID-19 makes no distinction among religions, nationalities and civilizations.

“It strikes a deadly blow at all humanity. In order to survive the pandemic and resume our lives once more, international cooperation needs to be strengthened. Vaccines and other protection, made possible by modern medicine, must be available across the globe, with firm arrangements in place for less affluent nations to be assisted by international organizations and by countries with stronger economies. It is a battle that has to be won, not by some, but by all,” he said.