Leave for Tri-forces personnel cancelled
All leave for Tri-forces personnel have been cancelled with immediate effect and until further notice, Army Commander Shavendra Silva announced on April 26, 2020. This includes short-passes. Therefore, all those service personnel currently on leave have been requested to report to their respective camps.
All personnel have been requested to contact their officer-in-charge for further instructions. Those who are unable to secure transport to return to their bases have been requested to report to the nearest camp.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to extend the island-wide curfew currently in force, which was to be lifted in most of the country on Monday, April 27 for 15 hours, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. It will be re-imposed at 8 p.m. the same day. The curfew in force in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam is in force until Monday, May 4.
According to the Health Promotions Bureau the total number testing positive for COVID-19 is currently at 505, with 45 new patients reported today, April 26.
Writing to the Army Commander, the Government Medical Officers Association has drawn his attention to the fact that Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Moneragala and Hambantota are at risk of the spread of COVID-19.
To date, the largest number of those testing positive for COVID -19 are Navy sailors. So far 95 sailors have been declared to be positive for the Corona –Virus.