Sri Lanka’s stock market would be closed on Tuesday, a spokesman for the stock market regulator said.
Sri Lanka had closed schools, universities, museums, zoos in a bid to keep people at home and stop the spread of the virus. Court hearings and exams have been postponed. Church services have been closed until the end of the month.
“The idea is to prevent the gathering of people in one place,” Information Minister Bandula Gunewardene told reporters Monday.
“Many religious leaders are also asking people to engage in religious activities at home. The senior theros of Sripada (a popular seasonal pilgrimage location) is also asking the same.”
Qatari, Canadian or Bahraini nationalities or any passenger who has a travel history in the last 14 days will not be permitted to land in Sri Lanka from midnight March 17 for two weeks, Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Upali Dharmadasa said in a statement.
Carriers were also asked not to board anyone with a travel history in Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Denmark would for the last 14 days.
Sri Lanka asks returnees from Europe, Korea to register or risk punishment
The head of Sri Lanka’s health service Anil Jasinghe asked anyone experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus to go to one of the designated state hospitals and not to stay at home, or go to private hospitals.
People who go around without getting admitted would be prosecuted he said.
Sri Lanka wants to prosecute patient who delayed testing for COVID19
Sri Lanka foreign ministry suspends consular services in Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said it was suspending regular consular services in Colombo.
Coronavirus hits older persons and those with a history of diabetes or chronic conditions, who develop a form of pneumonia, health officials have said while younger people get a fever and a cough for about a week. Children are hardly affected.
Sri Lanka’s Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) asked the government to close borders, as the health service did not have ventilators in (to support intubated patients in intensive care units) to treat patients with pneumonia or severe complications.
British officials are advising older people to go into self-quarantine until the epidemic runs its course and the population develops immunity.
Sri Lanka’s central bank said it was cutting rates and a reserve ratio releasing liquidity in the banking system from March 17, despite not having a free-floating exchange rate. On Friday the central bank injected 50 billion rupees.
Sri Lanka oppositions have called for upcoming elections in April to be halted.
Sajith demands the postponement of polls to save lives from COVID19
JVP led NPP decides to temporarily halt election campaign
Another party said it was halting campaigning. (Colombo/Mar17/2020-sb)