Sri Lanka declares three districts as “high risk” for COVID19; organises home delivery of essentials
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has declared three districts including that of the capital Colombo as high risk for the spread of COVID19 and indefinitely extended the curfew imposed at 2 pm today.
In order that consumers will have their essentials, the government has asked the major food chains and wholesale suppliers to take these items to the homes of citizens.
Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara are the districts that have been declared high-risk of COVID19.
A statement from the Presidential Secretariat said that Food City, Keels, Laugfs, Sathosa, Araliya and Nipuna are among companies have been asked to provide this service.
A Task Force under former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been formed to direct civil administration officials to ensure the supply of essentials.
Vehicles that will carry out deliveries will be given permits by the police to travel during the curfew.
This service will commence from tomorrow Wednesday 25, the statement said.
The decision to bring in these measures were taken after the authorities observed that when shoppers were getting their essentials today they were crowding supermarkets, food shops and pharmacies increasing the risk of spreading the COVID19 infection. (Colombo, March 24, 2020)
Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies