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Sri Lanka declares curfew to fight Coronavirus in Puttalam

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has declared police curfew in several areas in the Puttalam district a day after military chief who heads an counter Coronavirus task force said there were over 800 un-quarantined returnees in the area.

Police curfew had been declared in 11 areas in Puttalam, 7 in Chilaw from 1630 hours as well as Kochchikade.

Acting police chief C D Wickremeratne had ordered curfew in Mundalama, Kalpitiya, Vanathvilluwa, Anamaduwa, Puttalam, Saliyawewa, Palaman, Nawagaththegama, Karuwalagaswera, Norochcholai, Udappuwa in Puttalam police area.

There will be also curfew in Wennappuwa, Koswatte, Marawila, Chilaw, Madampe, Arachcchikattuwa, Dankotuwa police areas.

General Shavendra Silva told state television Wednesday that more than 4000 persons who had arrived in the country before quarantine began or the countries were not added to the list had called to register and the defence ministry and they were quarantined.

General Silva told reporters on March 18 that 800 unregistered Italian returnees were running loose in the Puttalam district and they have to ‘do something’ unless they registered.

He said Wednesday that some of the 800 had called to register.

There were 2,228 persons in 16 quarantine centres and a group of 57 people had arrived in the morning.
Sri Lanka is halting all arrivals from abroad until March 25 from 0400 on March 19 till March 25. (Colombo/Mar18/2020)

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