26 January 2020 – National Corona Task Force established

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Executive Office
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creating and using advisory groups or committees
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Corona Task Force

Overview: On the 26th of January a National Corona Task Force was established under the President. This was a whole of government and whole of society approach.
Full details here: https://ccpsl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Media-statement-for-COVID-19-CCPSL-EnglishV2.0-1.pdf

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Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: The government perceived a threat of an epidemic by the Covid-19 virus. There were concerns in the health sector, because of the news of an epidemic pneumonia due to a novel Corona virus in China that had spread to Japan, Korea and Thailand. There was added concern considering the fact that Sri Lanka has many tourists from China and other countries.