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* Sri Lanka’s Western Province districts identified as high risk zones for COVID-19
Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 08:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: The curfew which was lifted at 6.00 am today (24) in the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna was re-imposed at 2.00 pm.

The three Districts of Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara in Western Province have been identified as high risk areas and the curfew, therefore, has been enforced until further notice, the President’s Media Division said.

Large crowds in shops had been observed after curfew was lifted this morning in three districts. Health officials fear that this in turn could lead to a wider and faster spread of the virus.

Therefore, the Government has directed wholesale dealers to deliver essential consumer goods to the doorstep of each household until the situation is brought under control.

Sathosa, Keells, Laugfs, Arpico, Food City, Araliya, Nipuna and other wholesale dealers will be involved in this operation. Providing these essential consumer goods such as food, medicine, gas and other services will commence from tomorrow (25).

To ensure the smooth operation of delivering essential consumer goods to each household, a special task force has been established under the leadership of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa. The task force would comprise Secretaries to the Ministries, Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries and other relevant officers.

The curfew in the three districts that have been identified as high risk zones will continue until further notice.

However, lorries, vans, three-wheelers and motorcycles that would be used for delivery will be permitted on the roads during this curfew period.

 

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