Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced three-day holiday in a bid to repress the spread of new coronavirus pandemic. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a statement on Twitter that the move aims at minimizing the physical interactions among the public.
‘Governmet has declared a 3-day holiday till 19/3 [March 19] to minimize public interactions in curbing spread of #COVID2019. This is applicable to all public and private entities except essential services. Please support the effort by staying home & practice social distancing,’ Rajapaksa said. However, the Sri Lankan government has kept many public offices, including the election commission, open, daily Sunday Times reported. Courts were told to take up only emergency cases while prisons department has halted public visit, president said in another tweet.—APP