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Sri Lanka finds 275 new Coronavirus cases, Kegalle areas isolated after curfew appeal

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has found 275 new Coronavirus cases on November 03 taking the total active cases to 11,335 and the latest cluster to 7,857, official data showed.

There were 6,065 active cases in hospital.

Sri Lanka has relaxed discharge criteria and are releasing patients without a final PCR test as needs for community and contact testing went up.

Data from the Health Promotion Bureau showed that around 11,700 tests had been done.

Sri Lanka’s anti-Coronavirus talks force said Hemmathagama, Mawanela, Bulathkohupitya police areas and Gligamuwa Pradeshiya sabha areas in Kegalle had been isolated.

Giriulla police area in Kurunegala was also declared as an isolated area.

Earlier in the day, authorities in Kegalle district begged for curfews as infected numbers went up.

When numbers go up, and public health officers find it difficult to cope a lockdown allows them to catch up.

Local authorities in the Kegalle district which are seeing spikes in Coronavirus cases are appealing for curfew, border restrictions and hotels have been closed as Covid-19 case reports said Monday.

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Sri Lanka’s Kegalle district bodies appeal for Coronavirus curfew

Kegalle district had seen 104 Coronavirus cases, with 26 in Mawanells, 14 in Bulathkohupitiya, 15 in Keglla and 12 in Dehiowita, District Secretary Mahinda Weerasooriya said.

“We have received requests from local authorities to impose curfew,” Weerasooriya told Sri Lanka’s Derana Television.

“We have requested the National Committee and the Governor (of the province) and we are awaiting a reply.

He said there were requests to restrict border movements.

At district levels all hotels and lodging places have been asked to close and weekly markets in the district will also not be held, he said. (Colombo/Nov03/2020)

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