Sri Lanka under lockdown, reports over 100 COVID-19 cases

New Delhi (NVI): As the novel coronavirus tightens its grip over the globe with an increasing number of cases and fatalities worldwide, Sri Lanka has also reported over 100 positive cases so far with 1 death, according to the country’s health ministry.

The nation has extended its lockdown countrywide which was imposed last week and was due to be revoked this Monday morning.

In the island nation of roughly 21 million, the lockdown has been extended in Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar districts until Friday and in all other districts until Thursday, according to a statement by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office.

In addition to this, Sri Lankan official media reported that the police has arrested 2,682 persons so far for violating curfew and 706 vehicles have been taken into police custody.

Sri Lanka has also suspended all international flights arriving in the country.

The President’s Media Division said the curfew has been extended till 6 am (local time) on Tuesday for the Colombo, Puttalam and Gampaha districts and will be reimposed at 2 pm (local time) that afternoon, the Colombo Gazette reported.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked heads of SAARC nations including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for contributing to the COVID-19 Emergency fund.