ECONOMYNEXT – Police arrested 913 people for violating Sri Lanka’s quarantine regulations and the unofficial COVID-19 lockdown over a period of 24 hours that ended at 6.30am June 07.
Police media spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said total arrests since October 30 now stand at 26,000.
Meanwhile, police has introduced a colour-coded sticker system to control traffic during the lockdown, starting June 07. Eleven stickers have been issued to identify vehicles carrying essential workers into Colombo.
The code is as follows:
Green – health sector vehicles
Light blue – military and police
Purple – private sector banks/finance
Light brown – import and export sectors, manufacturing and factories
Yellow – essential supplies
Red – essential commodity delivery
Orange – media
White – travel to and from airports
Black – humanitarian reasons such as attending funerals, medical appointments and pharmacy visits
Grey – pre-cooked meals and other delivery services
Pink – state sector
Rohana said 28,784 vehicles entered Colombo on June 06 out of which 4,802 belonged to the health sector.
Meanwhile, 803 people who had attempted to enter Colombo under the guise of essential services were turned away by police. Rohana said 454 people in 2,348 vehicles were inspected at roadblocks set up at the 14 entry/exit points of the Western pProvince.
He added that 107 people in 54 vehicles had been turned away while attempting to violate the ban imposed on inter-province travel currently in effect.
Meanwhile, Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva in an interview with the privately owned Derana TV on June 07 said no decision has been taken yet by the government or the COVID-19 task force to extend the current travel restrictions that are to continue till June 14. (Colombo/June07/2021)