2 Sri Lankan cities under indefinite curfew after new COVID-19 case detection


The Sri Lankan government completely lifted the curfew on June 28. (Representative)


An indefinite curfew was imposed on the towns of Divulapitiya and Minwangoda on the outskirts of Colombo after a COVID-19 positive patient was detected on Sunday, the army commander and the head of the task force said on Sunday. prevention of COVID-19, Shavendra Silva.

He said a woman from Divulapitiya who works in a clothing factory tested positive for the coronavirus after being admitted to a hospital in Gampaha with fever. Nearly 50 people from her workplace and hospital have been sent to home quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Officials say this is likely the first community case of COVID-19 detected since April. Recent infections come from foreign returnees.

The Sri Lankan government completely lifted the curfew imposed on June 28 to contain the spread of the coronavirus after no new cases of community infection were recorded for nearly two months.

However, international flights have not yet resumed.

The island nation had been under continuous lockdown since March 20. Initially, a general curfew was imposed across the country, but it was later relaxed for around two-thirds of the country and was mostly limited to the night. The government had ordered the partial opening of offices and businesses in mid-May. From the beginning of June, the restrictions were further relaxed, with public transport allowed.

The government has further eased the COVID-19 curfew, which was in effect from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., to just four a.m. from midnight to 4 a.m. a day from June 14.


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