Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced three-day holiday in a bid to repress the spread of new coronavirus pandemic.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a statement on Twitter that the move aims at minimizing the physical interactions among the public.

“Governmet has declared a 3-day holiday till 19/3 [March 19] to minimize public interactions in curbing spread of #COVID2019. This is applicable to all public and private entities except essential services. Please support the effort by staying home & practice social distancing,” Rajapaksa said.

However, the Sri Lankan government has kept many public offices, including the election commission, open, daily

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