Sri Lanka extends Covid-19 blockade until June 21

Colombo: Sri Lanka extended the Covid-19 blockade and travel restrictions on Friday until June 21st. This is because the number of deaths from the coronavirus has exceeded 2,000 after the country recorded 101 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic on Thursday.
The current blockade was scheduled to be lifted at 4 am on June 14. Restrictions have been in force since mid-May when health officials warned the government about the current third wave of the pandemic.
“According to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision, the current travel restrictions will be extended until June 21,” Army Commander Shavendra Silva, who heads the Covid-19 Preventive Task Force, told reporters Friday.
“Basic services, apparel factories, construction sites, village markets, agricultural and organic fertilizer production work during the time limit,” Silva said.
In Sri Lanka, positive cases and deaths have increased since April, partly due to celebrations and shopping at the traditional New Year festival last month.
The country has recorded over 100,000 new infections in the third wave since April 15. The death toll from the coronavirus has now reached 2,011 and health officials said Friday.
The 101 deaths reported on Thursday were the highest number of deaths confirmed in a day since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.
The extension of travel restrictions came as health officials complained about the impact of travel restrictions on wave control. They called for much more powerful actions to limit people’s movements as highly contagious alpha and delta variants of the coronavirus were detected domestically.
An eight-day-old baby from the town of Puserawa in the Kandy district, who died Wednesday, was the country’s youngest Covid victim, health officials said. Most of the patients who died from Covid-19 were 65-75 years old.
The country has registered more than 2,17,000 positive cases so far.

Sri Lanka extends Covid-19 blockade until June 21

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