Colombo, November 16 (newsin.asia) – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will review the situation of isolated areas on a daily basis with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and will order to lift the isolation as soon as clearance is received from health authorities, the Daily Mirror learns as several areas in Colombo have once again been placed under isolation from today.
Army Chief and Head of the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Lt. General Shavendra Silva told Daily Mirror that arrangements will be made to send food and essential items through mobile vendors into the isolated areas and residents have been urged to stay indoors to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Further he said based on requests made by the police, drones will be deployed to monitor illegal gatherings and movements in areas which have been placed under isolation from today as well, as authorities look to prevent a further spread.
The additional areas which have come isolation from today apart from the 12 police divisions already declared as under isolation in Colombo are Maradana, Fort, Pettah, Slave Island and Dam Street.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the Colombo district, as at yesterday surpassed the 3,500 mark while the Poonani Treatment Center had the highest number of patients followed by the Bingiriya Treatment Center and the Neville Fernando Hospital.