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No countrywide lockdown - Army Commander

Health authorities prepared to handle situation :
COVID patient bed capacity increased:

Chief of Defence Staff, Army Commander and Head, National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) General Shavendra Silva said that there was no plan to impose a complete countrywide lockdown at present. However, he said that localised lockdowns would be imposed in various Grama Niladhari Divisions and Police divisions based on the requirements.

Speaking to the Daily News, he said that 16 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Kalutara and Polonnaruwa districts have been placed under isolation orders.

Meanwhile, he said that there was no need for the public to panic as the health authorities were prepared to handle the situation at hand.

The Commander said that as of yesterday, the bed capacity had been increased by 1,200 additional beds, adding that the Army has the capacity at hand for an additional 5,000 plus beds. He said that within the next 48 hours, the bed capacity would be increased further.

By yesterday another 922 new COVID-19 patients were detected, the Government Information Department said.

Accordingly, the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 107,406.