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COVID-19: Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew

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Sri Lanka was to lift the ongoing quarantine curfew on September 13 but extended it following a recommendation from health experts.

 

Sri Lankan authorities on Friday extended a nationwide quarantine curfew till September 21 aimed at preventing the further spread of Covid-19.

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the curfew will be lifted at 4 a.m. on September 21 after a decision made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa following a meeting with the Covid-19 Task Force, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rambukwella said the number of Covid-19 patients in the country was steadily declining and authorities were confident that Sri Lanka would once again be able to reopen without risk.

“Please adhere to the regulations, use this time to get vaccinated, stay home and wear a mask,” the Health Minister said.

Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said President Rajapaksa had instructed authorities to submit a report as to what type of restrictions should be imposed if the quarantine curfew is lifted after September 21.

Sri Lanka was to lift the ongoing quarantine curfew on September 13 but extended it following a recommendation from health experts.

The country is facing a rapid spread of the Delta variant with 58,656 active patients in the country and 477,636 people contracting Covid-19 since March last year. The death toll stood at 10,864.

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