The gazette declaring COVID-19 as a quarantinable disease under the Quarantine and Disease Prevention Act was issued on March 20.
The threat of the coronavirus was first addressed to Sri Lanka on January 2020 and the first ever patient in the soils was discovered on January 27.
Although the first patient, a Chinese national, was shown much love, kissed goodbye and took selfies together, the health minister did not seem to care of formulating the laws that could be essential in the risk of spreading the disease across the country.
On the other hand, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself has said that Sri Lanka is the first country to establish a task force to combat coronavirus. However, none of its members cared enough to regulate laws important to mitigate the situation.
The first Sri Lankan corona patient was reported on March 11. Passengers returning from South Korea, Italy and Iran were referred to mandatory quarantine on March 10. Objections raised against the procedures on the date itself and the Police said they would be punished in accordance with the Quarantine Act. However, the Quarantine Act did not stand for COVID-19 until March 20.
The government undoubtedly is making its best efforts to curb the corona virus pandemic in Sri Lanka, for that it should be honoured. But the proactive measures lack in the whole process should be addressed to everyone involved.
The greatest challenges lie upon us are yet to come. Unless we act proactively today, it would be disastrous in future.