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“Stay Safe” digital device designed to contain COVID -19 introduced to President

November 05, 2020

The “Stay Safe” digital device designed under the guidance of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka  (ICTA) to contain the spread of COVID – 19 pandemic was introduced to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday ( 04).

This project has designed as a solution to:

  •    Tracing close associates COVID infected persons
  •    Movements of the disease carriers

This device has been introduced by the Chairman of ICTA Jayantha de Silva during the daily meeting presided over by the President with the Presidential Task Force members on COVID – 19 Prevention on 04 Nov.

The new device is based on a QR code. This is easily accessible to all parties involved in COVID prevention, commercial and public sector entities and the general public.

A unique QR code to each organization can be obtained by visiting staysafe.gov.lk website. The project will come into effect from next Saturday (7).

The QR code can be easily acquired using a smartphone by entering basic information such as the name, address of any organization, name and telephone number of the owner. The code can be printed and displayed at the organization.

Whether they own or do not own a mobile phone will be registered, and their whereabouts could be identified. Steps will be taken by the ICTA to make the public aware of this information through all media.

President reiterated the importance of responsible behaviour on the part of the public. People cannot be disciplined by continuously maintaining curfew.

President further said that decisions should be taken with a balanced view of the people's lives, the country’s economy and other aspects.

While pointing out that the country cannot remain close until a final solution is found to control the virus, President said that everyone should be prepared to carry on daily activities while adhering to health authorities’ health guidelines.

President instructed the Police to strictly enforce curfew regulations in order to control the virus.

Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Member of Parliament Premanath C Dolawatta, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Principal Advisory to the President Lalith Weeratunga and members of the Task Force were present during the discussion.

Courtesy : PMD News