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Social Media crackdown: woman who posted false content arrested

DIG Ajith Rohana

ECONOMYNEXT – Police have arrested a woman in the Panadura area for allegedly posting false content on Social Media with regards to the fight against the spread of COVID 19, a police spokesman said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana said the 41-year old is a professional Ballroom Dance instructor who lives in the Raja Maha Vihara area.

“She will be charged and produced before a magistrate shortly,” he said.

The DIG said they were also conducting investigations into an audio tape that had been widely shared by a person who said that his manager had given them certain instructions about people spreading the COVID 19 virus.

“We are conducting investigations and are close to making arrests,” Rohana said.

He said that these investigation were drawing much needed police resources away from the greater effort to contain the virus.

Police also arrested a youth who allegedly stabbed a Public Health Inspector PHI) who was inspecting houses in Rambukkana the spokesman said.

“We have to warn the public that the PHIs and other officials are conducting inspections for the greater good of our society. Those who obstruct them can be dealt with by the law,” he said.

In future teams of plainclothes police officers will accompany the PHIs he added.

Meanwhile Army Commander LT Gen Shavendra Silva is reminding people released from quarantine centres after the mandatory 14 days to self-isolate themselves at home for another two weeks.

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He said that he has to reiterate this as a person who was released from quarantine had been found to be positive wit COVID 19 several days after release.

He said that nearly 300 people who had come into contact with COVID 19 positive patients in regions as widespread as Pannipitiya, Mahiyangana and Orugodawatte had been placed in quarantine centres in Punani and Diyatalawa.

He said that the town of Akurana and the Atalugama area continues to be in isolation and a total of 3,169 persons have been released from quarantine.

Silva also said that 144 persons who had come into contact with the person in Akurana who is COVID 19 positive after returning from India have been taken to the Punani quarantine centre.

Similarly 45 persons who had come into contact with a COVID 19 patient in Pannipitiya, and 34 people who had associated with the patient in Mount Lavinia, as well as 76 others from Orugodawatte and other areas have been also placed in quarantine. (Colombo, April 5, 2020)

-Arjuna Ranawana