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211 new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka today; new cluster totals 5,606

Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka confirmed new 211 novel coronavirus cases on October 28 including an employee at the Government Information Department, taking the total cases in the new wave up to 5,606, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOPOC) said.

NOCPOC issuing a report this evening said, out of 211 new positive cases, 202 are from the Peliyagoda fish market and their close contacts while the remaining nine are from military-run quarantine centres.

According to NOCPOC, the Government Information Department who tested positive for the virus is a resident of Malabe. A statement said the patient is linked to the Peliyagoda fish market cluster and has travelled to several places including his hometown in Walapane a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said Sri Lanka will impose quarantine curfew in the entire Western Province from midnight tomorrow (October 29) until 5 am Monday (November 02) in an effort to contain COVID-19 that’s spreading “faster than before”.

“In the meantime, the ongoing curfew in the Gampaha district and in 21 police areas in Colombo and the five police areas in Kalutara will continue,” Silva told reporters a short while ago.

Friday (30) is a Poya day (a public, bank and mercantile holiday) in Sri Lanka, and the curfew will cover the duration of the coming long-weekend in the Western Province.

Silva further said areas that are already under curfew will continue to be under curfew after November 02 until further notice. (Colombo/Oct28/2020)

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