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Colombo to return under lockdown

 International Desk

 Published: 10:14 PM, 29 October 2020  

File Photo, Collected

File Photo, Collected

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka will go back into lockdown from Friday following a surge in coronavirus cases, authorities said Thursday.

The South Asian island nation with a population of 21 million has reported more than 9,200 Covid-19 infections, with over half detected in the past three weeks after more than a thousand garment factory workers tested positive.

Around 5.5 million people living in the capital Colombo and two neighboring districts would be only allowed to move around for essential services, health officials said.

The three-day lockdown could be extended depending on the pace of infections, they added.

“The curfew comes into effect from midnight, but we are trying to discourage any non-essential travel across provincial borders from today,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

Soldiers carried out random temperature checks on pedestrians and motorists in Colombo on Thursday.

Sri Lanka imposed a three-month lockdown until the end of June, with authorities lifting the restrictions after declaring that there was no community transmission of the virus.

The new measures followed a 12-hour visit to Colombo by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who laid a wreath and prayed at St Anthony’s Roman Catholic church, the site of a deadly attack during last year’s Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

Source: AFP/BSS