It is informed in local media that The Defence Ministry has instructed Security Forces in the North to take necessary actions to prevent holding any gatherings or meetings.
Accordingly all the gatherings in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu are banned under the Quarantine law to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Defense Ministry confirms that some information has reached the Ministry regarding some groups of planning a gathering people to hold Mullivaikkal commemoration day ignoring health advices given by the provincial health authorities, therefore the Defense Ministry has instructed the Security Forces Commanders in the North to strictly follow the provisions of the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance No.03 of 1897, which was amended by an Extraordinary Gazette No.2167/18.
It is further reported that some coronavirus infected persons were reported in the North after their association with a Switzerland-based coronavirus infected Christian Pastor, who conducted a service at the Philadelphia Church in Ariyalai, Nallur in Jaffna,
Accordingly the quarantine law was fully enforced by the authorities with the assistance of health and security officials to prevent people crossing the district borders and also holding mass gatherings in the North.
In addition the Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Security Forces and the Police to strictly follow quarantine law to contain the spread of coronavirus in the North, which has been controlled to a greater extent now.
Maj.Gen. Wanigasooriya has further stated that anyone who wanted to commemorate their loved ones, who died in the 30-year long war, could remember them at their homes following health advice to prevent coronavirus spreading further.