Sri Lanka on Friday prolonged its COVID-19 lockdown and journey restrictions till June 21 because the coronavirus dying toll crossed the two,000-mark after the nation on Thursday recorded its highest single-day fatalities with 101 deaths because the onset of the pandemic. The present lockdown was to be lifted at four am on June 14. The restrictions have been in drive since mid-Could when the well being authorities alerted the federal government on the present third wave of the pandemic.
The journey restrictions which is at present in drive will likely be in prolonged till June 21, in line with a call taken by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,” Military Commander Shavendra Silva, who heads the COVID-19 prevention activity drive, advised reporters right here on Friday. Important providers, attire factories, building websites, village markets, agricultural and natural fertiliser manufacturing will operate throughout the restrictions,” Silva mentioned.
Sri Lanka has witnessed a rise of constructive instances and deaths since April, partly attributable to celebrations and buying throughout final month’s conventional new 12 months pageant. The nation has recorded over 100,000 new infections since April 15 in its third wave. The dying toll from the coronavirus has now reached 2,011, well being officers mentioned on Friday.
The 101 deaths reported on Thursday was the best variety of deaths confirmed in a day because the onset of the pandemic within the nation in March 2020. The extension of the journey restrictions got here as officers within the well being sector had expressed dissatisfaction on the affect of the journey restrictions on curbing the wave. They referred to as for a lot stronger motion to restrict individuals’s actions because the extremely contagious Alpha and Delta variants of the coronavirus have been detected within the nation.
An eight-day outdated child from Pussellawa city in Kandy District, who died on Wednesday, was the nation’s youngest Covid sufferer, Well being officers mentioned. A lot of the sufferers who died attributable to COVID-19 had been between 65 -75 years of age. The nation has registered over 2,17,000 constructive instances thus far.