March 19, 2020 / 9:28 AM / 20 days ago

Sri Lanka to delay elections due to coronavirus outbreak

A worker sprays disinfectant inside a bus at a private bus station, as the number of people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country increases to 18, in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will not be in a position to conduct parliamentary elections in the country as scheduled on April 25 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Mahinda Deshapriya, the chairman of the country’s election commission, said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka earlier this week banned all incoming flights for two weeks, and imposed a curfew in some areas to rein in the spread of the disease. There have been over 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected in Sri Lanka so far.

Reporting by Waruna Karunatilake; Writing by Euan Rocha; Editing by Toby Chopra

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