Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ravi Karunanayake says the UNP has decided to extend its unconditional support to the government to fight the COVID-19 virus at a time where the virus has dealt a severe blow to countries around the world, both economically and socially.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe together with several senior party leaders are scheduled to meet the President and the Prime Minister today. "We have already been a given an appointment to meet them," he added.

The former minister made this statement by releasing a video on social media.

"The UNP firmly believes that we should work together to defeat this calamity. We hope to meet the President and the Prime Minister and express our views on the matter. We've been allotted a time for that," Karunanayake said.

Don't politicize relief programs - Akila

Meanwhile, UNP General Secretary, Attorney-at-Law Akila Viraj Kariyawasam released a video on social media claiming that people's lives have been completely ruined due to the crisis caused by the Coronavirus.

Kariyawasam also called on the government to refrain from politicizing any relief programmes and to protect all Sri Lankans who have gone abroad due to work or other reasons and requested the relevant authorities to immediately pay attention to these matters.