Sri Lanka Coronavirus isolation in Colombo tightened, EDB, BOI firms can work
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has expanded isolated areas in the capital Colombo from 0500hours Monday with border controls on the Western province being lifted from midnight on November 15 and several former provincial hotspots have been released from controls.
Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva has said that isolated areas are released when control by the health service improves.
In Pettah, Fort, Keselwatte and Slave Island, essential services would be allowed to operate, General Silva said.
The state information office said factories operating under the Board of Investment, the Export Development Board and essential government agencies and courts would be allowed to operate in the newly isolated areas.
Colombo Port has seen some disruptions with gantry cane operators isolated over Coronavirus.
From Monday, Maradana, Fort, Slave Island, Pettah and Dam Street police areas are being named as isolated areas in addition to existing areas, the state information office said.
In the Gampaha district, most areas will be released from isolation except for Negombo, Ja-Ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Wattala and Peliyagoda.
The Kelaniya police area would be isolated from Monday 16, November 0500hours.
Isolation would also be removed from Kurunegala Municipal Council limits, Kuliyapitiya police areas on Monday 0500hours.
In Kegalle Ruwanwella police area and Mawanella police area would be released from isolation.
Sri Lanka confirmed 389 new Coronavirus cases on Saturday November 14, the state information office said.
There 5,206 active cases in hospitals, and second tier treatment centres, Sri Lanka’s Health Promotions Bureau said. So far 53 have died with 43 in the current wave. Sri Lanka has confirmed 16,583 cases of which 11,384 have recovered.
There is a trend where about 2-3 percent of the daily PCR tests of around 10,000 turning up positive, doctors have said, though hotspots in several provinces are being controlled with tracing and home isolation.
Officials have warned Sri Lanka’s Hindu community, especially in upcountry areas to celebrate Deepavali seasonal festival at home, limiting shopping and festive gatherings.
In Colombo municipal areas random testing is turning up around 5 percent of confirmed, which doctors had said may indicate the presence of around 30,000 undetected cases.
In Colombo some flats for low income households are under strict isolation.
Authorities isolated the Western province stopping people from moving out and taking the disease from Friday to Sunday night.
Sri Lanka’s current outbreak was detected in a factory in Minuwangoda under a random testing protocol for hospitals conducted by the Gampaha hospital on October 03.
But the disease spread partly due to the failure to put movement controls around Gampaha district in the first week, and then due to the initial attribution of cases coming from large cluster located at a fish-market to the factory cluster, observers say. (Colombo/Nov16/2020)