Movement between districts restricted-President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says movement between districts where curfew is currently enforced, other than those involved in essential services, will be restricted.

The Presidents Media Division said President Rajapaksa reached several important decisions to ensure public life is not disrupted as a result of steps taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The PMD said the decision to direct individuals to self-isolate, instead of directing them to quarantine centres, is producing positive results adding that steps are being taken by Medical Officers of Health, Public health Inspectors, the Police and the Army to ensure the programme is made more stringent.

Directives were meanwhile issued for individuals in self-isolation at homes to undergo a PCR test after 10 days while persons who return negative results can return to normal life after a period of 14 days in quarantine.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 today held discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The President had emphasized the importance of conducting random PCR tests continuously, and called for efforts to be taken to ensure the results are released promptly.

The President also noted that regardless of whether the PCR test is done privately or through state health units, an individual must quarantine until the results are released.

President Rajapaksa also noted that PCR tests conducted by private institutions must be monitored by the Ministry of Health.

The PMD said curfew and isolation orders have been issued after identifying COVID-19 patients and their associates and in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Therefore, the President issued directives to strictly enforce curfew regulations.

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