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Extend curfew in Anuradhapura district for two weeks: Chandrani

CURFEW BLOCK: Sri Lankan police Special Task Force personnel wearing a facemask holds a stop sign at a checkpoint during a nationwide curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Colombo.

ECONOMYNEXT – The government must declare Anuradhapura a high-risk district and extend the COVID-19 curfew there for another two weeks, former MP Chandrani Bandara said.

The former United National Party (UNP) Anuradhapura district MP told reporters this morning that despite not being considered a high-risk area, circumstances have now changed in the district, with 11 confirmed novel coronavirus cases already reported .

Meanwhile, Provincial Director of Health Services for the North Central Province Dr W M Palitha Bandara made a written request from the Director-General of Health Services to extend the curfew in Anuradhapura for at least 48 to 72 hours. Dr Palitha said this is in order to trace contacts and to conduct PCR testing of those who have positive contact history with the district’s confirmed cases.

He also requested that the government declare the Rambewa, Nochchiyagama, Kebithigollewa, Horowpathana, Ipalogama, Thalawa and Palagala divisional secretariats as isolated areas.

“Even though the Provincial Director of Health Services has requested to extend the curfew for at least 72 hours, my opinion is that it should be continued for two more weeks so that they can identify all cases in the district by doing more and more tests,” said Bandara.

The ex-MP also commented on media reports yesterday that the Anuradhapura United Traders Association had decided to close down their shops for three days as the government did not respond to their request of extending the curfew.

“Those shop owners decided to close down their shops because the lives of the workers were in danger,” she said. (Colombo/Apr29/2020)

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