It is an amazing feeling to wake up to one’s birthday and today as I celebrated mine, I was honored and blessed to be greeted on social media and telephone by so many people which included my friends, family, relatives and those who I am yet to meet in life.
The care shown was amazing and I thank all of you who took a little time to think of me on my special day.
Today, however, was not a day of celebration for me as we in Sri Lanka race against time to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far infected 190 people and caused 7 deaths. Heeding to the advise of the authorities to remain indoors, especially during an islandwide curfew, I took opportunity of this day to conduct prayers for all those who have passed from the virus, recovering from it and all citizens across the country who are awaiting to kick start their lives and their financial incomes.
I am aware that businesses have been closed for weeks now, schools shut and daily wage earners are suffering due to economic hardships, but it is encouraging to see the efforts the government and authorities are taking to eliminate this virus as soon as possible while ensuring that we remain safe inside our homes with essentials being provided.
Today, I also take the opportunity to thank all medical workers, tri forces, public health inspectors, police and all others who are on the front line to fight this common enemy – COVID-19 not only in Sri Lanka but around the globe as well. We are forever grateful to all of you, who are separated from your families, just so that we can be safe with ours.
As my birthday comes to and end, and as my wife and I also remain separated from our families and friends, some of whom are in their respective electorates working to ensure that people are provided with a continuous supply of essentials, I can only pray that the world gets back to normal. There is a lot we need to do together and a bright future lies ahead of all of us. A new day will come when we would have defeated COVID-19 and till that day, stay safe.