Coronavirus tests at 17 Sri Lanka Western Province exits over Christmas: Army Chief

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka authorities will conduct rapid Coronavirus tests at 17 exit points from the Western Province in a bid to reduce the spread of infections to other areas during the Christmas holiday period, Army Chief Shavendra Silva said.

“We will do random rapid antigen tests at 17 exists from today,” General Silva told Sri Lanka’s Derana Television.

“Some of the tests may be done by mobile units. So far we have been doing tests at four main exits including the highway.”

There has been no decision to halt movement out of the Western Province but there is an appeal for people not to travel on their own volition, he said.

“As of now we have no plans to halt travel. But the Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had also asked devotees not to travel.

General Silva said recent rapid tests had found 17 infected persons travelling out of the Western province.

“If they had gone there could have been 17 small clusters developing,” he said.

So far 184 persons had died in Sri Lanka and 29,882 had been confirmed. As of December 23, 8,573 were in treatment centres or hospitals. (Colombo/Dec24/2020)

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