Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka till September 21 amid food shortage

Sri Lankan authorities have extended the curfew till September 21.

Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka till September 21 amid food shortage
Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka till September 21.

To prevent the spread of the corona virus  Sri Lankan authorities have extended the curfew till September 21. Sri Lanka's Health Minister Keheliya Rambuquela has said that in a meeting of the Corona Virus Task Force chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, it has been decided that the curfew will be lifted on September 21 at 4 am. Kehelia has told that the number of corona virus patients in the country is continuously declining and we are sure that things will be back to normal in Sri Lanka soon.

Sri Lanka is troubled by the corona virus epidemic as well as the food emergency. The government has imposed emergency rules regarding the distribution of essential food items. After this, the government has bought stocks of essential food items including paddy, rice, and sugar at guaranteed prices. The government says that every effort is being made to provide essential food items to the public at subsidized rates by curbing market irregularities and hoarding. Sri Lanka seems to be heading towards a major economic crisis. 

The Health Minister has appealed to the people to follow the Corona virus guidelines. People who have not yet taken the vaccine, get the vaccine as soon as possible. People should stay at home as much as possible and do not leave the house without a mask. Sri Lankan army commander General Shavendra Silva said President Rajapaksa has asked the authorities to submit a report on what kind of restrictions should be imposed if the curfew is lifted after September 21.

Sri Lanka was supposed to lift the curfew on September 13 itself, but following the recommendations of the Health Department, it has been extended till September 21.