Sri Lankan govt imposes countrywide curfew from 6 PM today in bid to tackle COVID-19 situation

Sri Lankan government has imposed a countrywide curfew from 6 PM today in a bid to tackle COVID-19 situation as the number of cases rose to 65 in the country. The curfew will remain in place till 6 am on Monday while train services will also remain suspended from this evening.

The government said passengers traveling to Colombo airport can use the air ticket as a permit to travel during the curfew. Passenger arrival at the airport has already been suspended since yesterday but departures are allowed. Picnics, tours, and pilgrimages have been banned till further notice. Regular trading was temporarily halted at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) this morning following the index falling by 5.33%.

Meanwhile, six more persons were tested positive today bringing the total number to 65 so far. Health ministry said 218 people are currently under medical observation at various hospitals across the country. Over 2400 persons including 27 foreigners are under quarantine at various centres as government is looking for more people who returned from Italy and South Korea early this month.

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