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Western province curfew extended by a week – Army chief

Sri Lanka has extended curfews in the Western province and key areas to contain the spread of Coronavirus after as the disease spread country-wide and large numbers of infected people turned up in the capital Colombo and some key towns in random tests.

“After analyzing the data we decided to keep the curfew in Western province from 0500 am tomorrow till 0500 am November 09, ,” Sri Lanka’s anti-Covid chief General Shavendra Silva said in a televised address.

“This is because see a large number of cases in this areas. In Eheliyagoda police area and Kurunegala municipal area and Kuliyapitiya, also we have extended the curfew.”

He said only people involved in essential services would be allowed to move.

Goods will be sent on home delivery from Monday.

“I also appeal to you to limit travelling between districts,” he said.

People who have symptoms have been requested to call the hotline – 011796636.

The curfews came as Sri Lanka dropped institutionalized quarantine despite higher viral loads being discovered in samples.

Sri Lanka has also not increased the social distancing from the current one meter.

Sri Lanka confirmed 239 Covid-19 patients from 12,000 Coronavirus tests Conducted on October 31, official data showed as active cases in hospitals topped 6,000 and more capacity was built.

Sri Lanka completed 12,000, Coronavirus tests, the highest daily tests so far, as an expert from China was fixing another machine which will boost output further.

Ravi Kumadesh, head of Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists said testing had been ramped up to 2,600 a day at the IDH and a backlog of 2,000 will be cleared in two days.

Sri Lanka is building more treatment centres using former quarantine facilities run by the military.

In Kegalle district where there has been a wide spread of the virus, about 1,000 new beds are being added District Director of Health Kumara Wickremesinghe told reporters.

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