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Sri Lanka extends indefinite curfew to Kandy and Puttalam, Akurana under lockdown

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has extended an indefinite curfew to Kandy and Puttalam areas and put the town of Akurana under lockdown after the identification of new confirmed cases.

The Presidents media office said the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice.

The village Atalogama in the Kalutara district and the village Akurana in the Kandy district have been declared completely isolated areas. No one will be allowed to enter or leave from these two villages.

“We found a person in Akurana who had come from abroad,” General Shavendra Silva told Sri Lanka’s Sirasa TV.

“Until we find the contacts we have blocked the town. We have also found a person in Puttalam who had been to Thailand.”

In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.

Inter-district travel has also been banned.

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry said the total confirmed cases rose to 115 and 199 were under observation at designated hospitals around the country.

Sri Lanka has discharged 9 patients from hospitals including a Wave I patient from China.

The patient who died had a history of high blood pressure and blood sugar, the head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service Anil Jasinghe said. (Colombo/Mar29/2020)

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