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Essential services allowed during quarantine curfew: Army Chief

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Essential services including apparel, industries, agricultural activities and pharmacies will remain open during the quarantine curfew imposed from tonight, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said .

He said the quarantine curfew will be imposed island-wide from 10 p.m today till 4.a.m on August 30.

He said the decision was taken at the COVID-19 Task Force meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

During the curfew, the Army and the Health authorities will continue the vaccination program for people over the age of 60, he said.

General Silva encouraged people to stay at home to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya )


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  • Ha ha Friday, 20 August 2021 03:54 PM

    Long overdue. The prez and govt can work in the garment factories to replace the money they stole

    Sunil Friday, 20 August 2021 04:03 PM

    Please clearly indicate the categories of workers who will be allowed to report for duty during the quarantine curfew, or else, there will be total confusion as last time.

    Wonder of Asia Friday, 20 August 2021 04:06 PM

    Dear general Sir What about Tourism ? I remember government Classifying Tourism as an Essential Service well above even Healthcare ?

    Karunaharan Friday, 20 August 2021 04:19 PM

    Even though I am a Jaffna Tamil, I have to admit that the the decision by the government to put the Army in charge of a MEDICAL PROBLEM from the outset was the right thing to do. When the doctors have no scientific understanding and their treatment is simply a “ HIT and MISS” , social measures like lockdown and quarantine are the only way left to deal with the medical crisis.


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