Over 2,600 arrested in Sri Lanka for violating curfew

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-25 20:17:07|Editor: xuxin
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COLOMBO, March 25 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,600 people were arrested in Sri Lanka for violating a nationwide curfew which was imposed in the country since last Friday, the police said in a statement Wednesday.

Police said 2,682 people were taken into custody for defying curfew rules including loitering on the roads, gathering and consuming alcohol at public grounds, travelling by vehicle on the roads, keeping restaurants open, behaving in an unruly manner on the roads, among others.

Those arrested will be produced before local courts in the coming days.

Sri Lanka imposed the curfew last Friday which was lifted for a few hours on Monday and Tuesday in separate districts for people to re-stock on essential items.

In Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, the curfew has been imposed indefinitely as these areas have been declared "high risk" areas from the virus.

Sri Lanka has to date detected 101 COVID-19 infected patients while over 200 are under observation.

Over 11,000 are under quarantine in their homes or at the quarantine centers.