Sri Lanka’s Kegalle district bodies appeal for Coronavirus curfew: report

ECONOMYNEXT – 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 spiked, a report said.

Kegalle district had so far 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.

When Coronavirus cases rise without a movement restriction contact tracing officials become exhausted.

Sri Lanka last week also stopped institutional quarantine of first contacts, which critics warn could result in entire households becoming infected even if contacts are traced fast before they show symptoms, putting pressure. (Colombo/Nov02/2020)

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