Sri Lanka broadcasts 10-day nationwide quarantine curfew

Xinhua

7:24 PM | August 20, 2021

A ten-day nationwide quarantine curfew can be imposed in Sri Lanka from Friday evening with a view to forestall an extra unfold of the COVID-19 virus, the nation’s Military Commander and Head of the Nationwide Operations Middle for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Normal Shavendra Silva stated on Friday.

Silva advised Xinhua that the curfew will come into impact from 10:00 p.m. Friday native time and can be lifted at 4:00 a.m. native time on Aug. 30.

Nevertheless, important providers comparable to these in agriculture, attire, building staff, and pharmacies can proceed to function, he stated.

Silva stated vaccination facilities will stay open and precedence can be given to these above 60 years outdated who’re but to be vaccinated.

“Cell groups will function throughout these 10 days and we are going to be sure that all these above 60 are vaccinated as a lot of deaths from the virus have been amongst this age group,” Silva stated.

Sri Lanka is dealing with a fast rise in COVID-19 infections with 377,973 instances detected since March final 12 months.

The present energetic affected person depend was over 47,000, statistics from the Well being Ministry confirmed.

Altogether 6,790 deaths have been reported from the virus.

Well being staff stated the rise in infections in latest weeks was from the Delta variant with capital Colombo being the epicenter of the variant unfold.

Hospitals have been full of sufferers whereas crematoriums are additionally working around the clock to cremate the useless.

Well being staff have warned that the scenario might attain its peak in two weeks and have urged individuals to remain indoors as a lot as potential.

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