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Colombo, Gampaha & Kalutara districts classified Covid-19 high risk zones; curfew until further notice

Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts have been identified as high risk areas for Coronavirus (Covid-19) and hence the curfew imposed on those districts will continue until further notice, the President’s Media Division said.

Issuing a statement, it said that Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts have been identified as high risk zones with regard to the spread of Covid-19.

Health authorities have observed that a large number of people gathering near shops to purchase goods when the curfew implemented in three districts was lifted this morning (24), as a serious obstacle for the control of the spread of the virus.

Therefore the government has instructed wholesale trading companies to sell essential consumer goods at the doorstep of consumers in the coming days.

Sathosa, Keells, LAUGFS, Arpico, Cargills Food City, Araliya, Nipuna and other wholesale companies are to be involved in this task, the release said.

Meanwhile a task force headed by Basil Rajapaksa has been established in order to efficiently carry out the operations of selling essential consumer goods right at the doorstep of the consumers.

The rest of the task force is comprised of Ministerial Secretaries, Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries and other relevant officials.

Hereafter the curfew in the districts identified as high risk zones will be in effect until further notice, the PMD said.

The plans put in place to uninterruptedly supply essential consumer goods including food items, medicine and LP gas to the general public, will be implemented from tomorrow (25).

It further said that all delivery vehicles used distribute goods including lorries, vans, three-wheelers and motorcycles will be allowed to travel along roads during the curfew period.

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