Sri Lanka finds 510 new Coronavirus cases, Covid-19 deaths go to 35, public cautioned

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has found 510 Coronavirus cases and another person died taking total Covid-19 deaths to 35, official data showed as curfews were lifted in the Western Province but officials warned the public to stay at home as much as possible.

Total confirmed cases went up to 13,929 while active cases remained under 5,609 after discharge criteria were relaxed.

On November 08, a 78 year old had died on admission to hospital due to a heart-attack and was confirmed to have Covid-19 at the post-mortem, the state information office said.

Some of the new cases are turning up in home quarantine where health officials have already tracked down lines of transmission, officials have said.

Sri Lanka has lifted Coronavirus curfews with effect from Monday 0500hours with Covid-19 hotspots under isolation but officials are urging the public not to move out of their houses unless it is essential.

Army Chief General Shavendra Silva said several police areas in Colombo, Kurunegala and Kuliyapitiya remains under isolation where delivery persons can take food. Several flats in Colombo remain under strict isolation.

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However the people in the areas cannot leave or go to work, Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana had said.

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Buses and trains would go through the areas without stopping.

Chief Epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera had urged only one person to go out of the house to buy food even in areas where there is no curfew.

He urged members of the public to wash their hands before leaving the houses and entering buildings and wear a mask.

Sri Lanka has required people to write their names when entering supermarkets sharing pens and laying their palm on the book touched by every other customer. Similar processes followed in buses where the a book is passed around every customer.

At the beginning of the pandemic Sri Lanka health officials discouraged the wearing of masks following World Health Organization advice, as East Asian nations which killed the outbreak to zero, urged or mandated mask wearing in public.

Companies and offices are expected to operate with the absolute minimum workers and resort to work from home for the near future.

Samaraweera urged those in home quarantine to use the bathroom. Under home quarantine first contacts and their family members who are second contacts are bunched up in the same location. (Colombo/Nov08/2020)

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