By Easwaran Rutnam
The Jaffna cluster continued to grow with more people found to be infected with the coronavirus.
The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 said that another 17 people tested positive for the coronavirus as of last morning.
Officials in Jaffna said that more people were found to be infected during the day yesterday and the exact number was expected this morning.
The Divisional Secretary of the Jaffna Divisional Secretariat S. Sutharsan told Daily Mirror that the results of a number of PCR tests were awaited.
He said that several shops in parts of Jaffna also remained closed as more people were found to be infected. Meanwhile, residents in some parts of Jaffna have been isolated with the residents told to stay indoors. Officials said that over 1,000 families in Jaffna have been placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.
Another 63 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Jaffna, officials said yesterday.
The National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 said that on Sunday 63 people tested positive for the virus and this included 29 from Chunnakam, 23 from the Jaffna town area, and 23 from Kopay. All schools in Jaffna have been temporarily closed as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly is some areas in the District. Schools in the Jaffna Education Zone have been closed for one week from Monday.
On Saturday 88 people were found to be infected with the coronavirus in Jaffna, while last Friday 23 people were found to be infected and on Thursday the number stood at 77.
Local officials have also banned weddings, gatherings and other events in Jaffna until further notice. Restrictions have also been imposed on the number of people attending funerals in Jaffna.
Local officials said that restrictions have also been imposed on unnecessary movements by the public in Jaffna.
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