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Ten-day lockdown, travel restrictions imposed in parts of Jaffna

FROM NORTH TO SOUTH: Pictured here are Suwaseriya ambulances in Sri Lanka’s Northern Jaffna region.

ECONOMYNEXT – A 10-day lockdown has been imposed in a section of the Jaffna town following the detection of 77 COVID-19 positive cases in the area, an official said.

Spokesman for the national task pandemic task force Col Vijitha Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext that the Kasturi Road, Powerhouse Road and areas in between Manipal and Jaffna town have been isolated. Travel restrictions have also been imposed.

The 77 cases were detected in a 24 hour period that ended at 6am today, he said, comprising the majority of the 271 cases found island wide in that period.

An official from the District COVID Control Unit in Jaffna told reporters today that 107 PCR tests were conducted in the areas concerned.

Sri Lanka’s total COVIOD-19 cases has now risen to 91,289, with 2,905 active cases and 410 individuals currently under investigation in hospitals.

So far 87,058 have been discharged from hospitals and treatment centers upon recovery. With three deaths been reported yesterday, Sri Lanka has record 551 deaths from the pandemic. (Colombo/Mar26/2021)

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