Apr 17, Colombo: Authorities took steps to send over 360 homeless people in Colombo, including beggars and laborers staying at the Gunasinghapura central bus stand in Pettah in downtown Colombo, to quarantine centers today (17).
The Western Province Senior DIG's Office directed the operation to collect the homeless people including some laborers who were stranded due to the curfew and people engaged in begging around Colombo and send them to quarantine as they have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient.
With the curfew imposed on March 21, all beggars and people without permanent shelters in the Colombo city have gathered at the bus stand.
Recently, a person in the area was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection and it was revealed that he had been associating with the beggars.
The police had provided food and water to these people who had been staying at the bus stand for nearly a month.
Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police for Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon said that since the bus station is not a safe place, it has been decided to place them in three places with a healthy environment.
The homeless were bathed, disinfected and given new clothes before they were registered and taken in special buses to the quarantine centers. They were subjected to inspection by health officials after registration. They were dispatched in three special buses to safe places after providing them with facemasks and other facilities.