Colombo, March 21 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Police on Saturday announced that the island-wide curfew which was imposed over the weekend will be extended till Tuesday, after the total number of positive COVID-19 cases went up to 77.
The 77 includes a senior doctor and a child. Over 200 are under observation in hospitals across the country while over 10,000 are under quarantine.
In a statement, the police said that in capital Colombo, Gampaha in the outskirts and Puttalam district, in the north western province, the curfew will be lifted on Tuesday morning at 6 am and will be re-imposed again at 2 pm while in other districts, the curfew will be lifted on Monday at 6 am and re-imposed again at 2 pm.
The curfew initially was to be lifted islandwide on Monday morning.
The police further said that 130 people had been arrested for violating the curfew on Saturday by roaming the streets and transporting goods. They have been detained and will be produced before local courts next week.
The police further announced that all the liquor shops in the island will also remain closed at all times indefinitely even when the curfew is lifted during the week.
“Since there are adequate stocks of food and other essential items, the government advises the public not to engage in panic buying. Facilities for transporting these items have been ensured. Also, measures are in place to supply essential food items to where they are required,” the police said.
All reported cases of spreading false and scarry information about COVID-19 in Sri Lanka will be investigated by the CID and then cases will be filed in court for further action.