Sri Lankan parliament closed after COVID-19 case detected...

Dhaka, Thursday   26 November 2020

Sri Lankan parliament closed after COVID-19 case detected

 International Desk

 Published: 04:06 PM, 26 October 2020  

Sri Lanka`n parliament, File Photo

Sri Lanka`n parliament, File Photo

Sri Lanka has closed its parliament after a police officer at the complex tested positive for the coronavirus amid a new surge of cases in the country. 

Narendra Fernando, the parliament’s sergeant at arms, said that the parliament will be closed for two days as a precautionary measure so the premises can be disinfected. 

Close associates of the officer were also tested, with the results expected later on Monday. An additional 22 parliament staffers will be tested on Tuesday, Fernando said. 

Sri Lanka has seen a new outbreak of the virus since early this month when a new cluster emerged, centred at a garment factory near Colombo, the capital.

As many as 351 new cases were confirmed in the Indian Ocean island nation on Monday. Most of the new infections are related to the garment factory cluster, which has grown to 4,400 cases, more than half the country’s total of 7,872.

One death was reported on Sunday, raising Sri Lanka’s death toll to 16. 

In a bid to contain the spread, the government has imposed curfews in many parts of the densely populated Western province, where the garment factory and Colombo are located, and where most new cases have been detected.

The government also has closed schools, banned gatherings and imposed restrictions on public transport across the entire country.