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Sri Lanka to send curfew violators to quarantine centres: police

ECONOMYNEXT – Starting today, Sri Lanka’s police will send individuals attempting to travel across districts violating the ongoing COVID-19 curfew to quarantine centres for a period of 14 days, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Once quarantined, those arrested will be produced in court, Rohana told reporters yesterday.

State intelligence had received information that people working in essential services and other individuals were attempting to use their curfew pass to visit their hometowns with their families for the upcoming Sinhala and Tamil new year.

Rohana said the decision to quarantine curfew violators was taken in response to this development.

He urged all Sri Lankans to celebrate the country’s traditional new year at home with their families for the time being and to avoid visiting relatives, violating curfew and quarantine regulations.

Since a majority of Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases were reported from the Western Province, Rohana further said, travelling to and from the Western Province would directly cause further spreading of the virus.

Sri Lanka’s police arrested over 19,000 individuals for curfew violations from March 20 to April 9.

There has also been an increase in curfew violators from the Gampaha, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts, police said. (Colombo/Apr10/2020)

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