Sri Lankan has imposed a nationwide curfew from Friday until Monday to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 9,000 lives worldwide, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office has declared.
The curfew statement comes a day after the state’s Election Commission announced the postponement of the election that was scheduled for April 25. The Commission stated a decision on the date could be obtained after March 25.
Though there were no reasons given for its statement, it’s thought that the government is eager to see the limited movement of the folks to be able to encourage social distancing in the face of a looming threat posed from the COVID-19 epidemic.
The federal center tasked to avoid COVID-19 infections said from the 66 confirmed cases up to now, 25 were returnees from abroad.
It stated 22 of these were from Italy while two from the united kingdom and one from India.
More than 2,400 people are moving through quarantine which comprises 27 overseas nationals, it included.
President Rajapaksa has vowed to lock down that the whole nation, citing economic hardship because of the poor.
Sri Lankan authorities had restricted the curfew to a night at the western coastal regions, a movement aimed at tracking down Italy returnees that had been preventing compulsory quarantine procedures.
The authorities said the curfew individuals were participating in social actions, defying the requirement to keep social distancing.
Countries around the globe are sealing their boundaries and prohibiting travel to block the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic which has maintained 9,800 lives and infected over 232,650 individuals in 158 countries and territories.
In light of the increasing quantity of the book coronavirus cases internationally, Sri Lanka on Tuesday suspended all international flights arriving in the nation.