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Sri Lanka arrests over 1,700 for breaking coronavirus curfew

Sri Lankan security forces confirmed that they have arrested more than 1,700 people for alleged curfew violations, as part of attempts to tackle a coronavirus outbreak on the island.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence declared a total of 1,754 individuals arrested and 447 vehicles seized as part of an island wide clampdown.

An island-wide curfew has been extended in the North until 6am on Tuesday the 24th of March, when it will be lifted and then re-imposed at 2pm that day.

Shavendra Silva, the war crimes accused head of the army, is leading the regime’s coronavirus taskforce.

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