Sri Lanka issues new guidelines due to surge in Covid19 cases
Sri Lanka’s health authorities have issued new tough guidelines, including banning wedding receptions and gatherings at religious sites, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the Island nation continued to record a spike in daily infections.
“We continue to monitor and place isolations on critical areas,” Army chief Gen Shavendra Silva, the head of Covid prevention, said.
- Under the new guidelines, wedding receptions will not be permitted until May 21. No gatherings are allowed at religious sites.
- Events and public gatherings held at closed and open venues are being prohibited until further notice.
- Cinemas, kids playgrounds, swimming pools, pubs and bars, casinos and nightclubs, betting centres and spas will remain closed until further notice.
- The businesses will be allowed to operate with only 25 per cent capacity.
- Schools will remain shut until further notice.
Sri Lanka is looking at sources other than India to purchase the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in view of delay in securing the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India, health authorities said on Saturday. The supply is being delayed from India. We have to understand that India has to look after their own country before supplying to us. It is not that they have told no to us,” Gen Shavendra Silva, the chief of the COVID prevention operations said.
Since late January, Sri Lanka has so far immunised 925,242 people out of its 21 million population. The country has reported 109,000 cases so far with 687 deaths.