Army says no island-wide curfew this weekend as GMOA calls for zonal lockdown

ECONOMYNEXT – No island wide curfew will be imposed this weekend (October 24, 25), Sri Lanka Army spokesman Colonel Vijitha Hettiarachchi said.

Hettiarachchi issuing a statement said other than the 35 police areas currently under quarantine curfew, authorities will not impose a curfew on other areas.

Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) called for a zonal lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Earlier we talked about individual clusters such as the Navy and the Kandakadu clusters.  But with the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters, we have now identified several subclusters islandwide,” Senal Fernando, a GMOA spokesman told reporters today.

“We must understand that the risk is much greater than earlier,” he added.

According to the statistics, the GMOA further said, areas in Kurunegala, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo and Kalutara districts are high-risk areas.

“If we fail to identify patients in these areas quickly there is a risk of spreading this virus in a much greater way,” the spokesman said.

“This is why the GMOA called for a zonal lockdown when we started identifying these mini clusters,” he said.

“If we delay it, the virus can spread rapidly,” he added.

Sri Lanka Health and Security authorities have imposed quarantine curfew in 35 police areas in Gampaha, Kegall, Kalutara, Colombo and Kurunegala until further notice.

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Sri Lankan health officials identified 309 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (23), the National Operations Centre for the

Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the 309 patients, 121 are from the Minuwangoda cluster and 188 are from the Peliyagoda fish market.

The total number of Covid 19 positive patients found in the Peliyagoda fish market increased to 240 with the new 188 positive cases.

NOCPOC reports said new patients have been identified from Gampaha, Galle, Colombo, Matara, Kurunegala, Peliyagoda and Anuradhapura areas.

With the new cases, the total confirmed COVID-19 patients on the island have risen to 6,287. (Colombo/Oct23/2020)

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