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Sri Lanka reimposes curfew after surge in virus cases

/ 03:00 PM April 25, 2020

Homeless Sri Lankans stand in a queue to bathe before they are transported to an isolation center as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus during a lockdown in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 17, 2020. Sri Lankan authorities claim they have largely managed to prevent community spreading through proper identification and isolation of people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients. (AP File Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

BANGKOK — Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were hunting those evading quarantine.

The 46 new infections on Friday were the highest in a day. They brought to 420 the number of COVID-19 patients in the Indian Ocean island, including seven deaths.

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Sri Lanka partially lifted a monthlong curfew on Monday during daytime hours in more than two-thirds of the country.

The new curfew remains in effect until Monday. Police have arrested more than 30,000 violators.

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Among the newly infected were 30 navy sailors from a camp on the outskirts of the capital, Colombo. A total of 60 sailors so far have been infected and the camp isolated.

The virus is believed to have entered the camp through sailors who were deployed to search for a group of drug addicts who had contact with a COVID-19 patient and were evading quarantine.

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