Colombo: Sri Lanka authorities closed key government offices and further expanded curfew on October 8 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

According to the reports, the foreign ministry closed the consular affairs office for the week and suspended all services to prevent the public from congregating.

The ministry said it would only accept queries and documentation assistance related to deaths of Sri Lankans overseas, strictly by appointment.

It also suspended services of other departments related to revenue, immigration, pensions, vehicle license and registrations for the week.

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The outbreak that surfaced this week has grown to 1,034 cases with more than 2,000 others asked to quarantine at home.

The outbreak is centred around a garment factory in the Colombo suburbs where the first patient and many others worked. Police have widened curfew in the suburbs where many of the patients live.

Schools have closed, public gatherings were ordered to be halted and restrictions were imposed on public transport.

The country has reported 4,252 cases, including 13 deaths. Of the total patients, 3,274 have recovered.