Sri Lanka lifts night curfew

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities announced that a night curfew which was imposed in the island nation on 13 June, would be lifted completely due to the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A nationwide 24-hour curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the virus since 20 March but it was later imposed from 12 am to 4 am effective from 13 June, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sri Lanka has to date detected over 2,000 positive COVID-19 patients, out of which over 1,600 have recovered.

The government last week said that no public transmission of the virus had been reported since 30 April and the virus was now contained within the quarantine centres only.

Over recent days, Sri Lanka has detected a large number of positive patients among those being repatriated from overseas.

However, these nationals have had no contact with society as they are transported from the airport directly to hospitals or quarantine centres.