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Sri Lanka closes fish market, expands curfew

By: AP | Colombo |

October 22, 2020 3:58:45 pm


Colombo:Sri Lankans line up as well being employees take a swab samples of individuals to check for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. AP/PTI Photograph(AP22-10-2020_000104B)

Sri Lanka’s principal fish market was closed Thursday and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows.

The federal government imposed the curfew in components of the capital and a few areas exterior Colombo after earlier isolating not less than six villages in Western province the place the brand new cluster was found early this month. Colombo is inside Western province.

Well being authorities additionally briefly closed the island nation’s principal fish market after 49 merchants examined optimistic. A whole bunch of different merchants on the market on the outskirts of Colombo are being examined for the coronavirus.

By Thursday, 2,510 infections have been related to the cluster first tied to a garment manufacturing facility and which authorities recognized as Sri Lanka’s first neighborhood outbreak in two months.

Colleges and key public workplaces have been closed, public gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transport.

Sri Lanka has reported a complete of 5,811 confirmed instances with 13 deaths since March.

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