Sri Lanka locks down two villages in Mannar to contain Coronavirus
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has locked down Periyakadei and Pattithottam villages in the Mannar area in Northwest of the island contain the spread of Coronavirus, the state information office said quoting Army Chief Shavendra Silva.
Sri Lanka’s anti-Covid-19 centre said five persons were found positive in the area on Saturday.
The Mannar Bishops house was isolated earlier in the week after a carpenter who repaired building tested positive. He had come after working at a construction site in Kirillawella, in Gampaha.
The five confirmed cases were colleagues of the carpenter, military spokesman Colonel Vijitha Hettiarchchi said.
Sri Lanka has already placed several areas in the Gampaha district under Coronavirus curfew which are around the epicenter of a new cluster in Minuwangoda.
On Saturday 103 persons were confirmed.
So far 1186 persons had been confirmed since the first confirmed case at the Brandix factory.
In addition to a large part o the 1,400 workers in the factory, Coronavirus had also spread to third party suppliers.
Education authorities had held a Grade 05 national exam on Sunday and the Advanced Level exam will be held from Monday.
Authorities have cautioned the public in all areas to wear masks, wash hands and avoid non-essential travel.
The elderly in particular have been warned to stay indoors.
Lockdown curfews will continue in areas of Gampaha district where it had been imposed.
“We are continuing the curfews in the areas where it has been imposed,” General Silva said in an earlier video statement.
“The reason is that most of the 103 confirmed cases were from the curfew areas.”
The military was ready to expand quarantine facilities, he said. Sri Lanka has also slowed repatriation flights to reduce pressure on quarantine facilities. (Colombo/Oct11/2020)