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EN weekly roundup

EN weekly roundup: The headlines that matter – April 25 to May 01

ANGRY AND UPSET – SLFP General Secretary is upset at the attacks launched against his party by allies in the SLPP

ECONOMYNEXT – This week saw an escalation of Sri Lanka’s looming COVID-19 crisis as daily cases hit a record 1,662 yesterday after officials confirmed that the fast-spreading B.1.1.7 strain is now the dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country. The announcement came days after officials said that state hospitals were running out ICUs with more and more younger people being admitted with severe symptoms.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s per capita gross domestic product has dropped to 3,682 US dollars per person amid a 3.6 percent fall in real GDP and monetary instability, even as the epidemic is threatening to cause further devastation. The government has also decided to ban the import and use of fertilizer, insecticide and weedicide in a bid to save foreign exchange.

On the political front, a young man who had allegedly instigated a honk protest during a Chinese VIP visit was taken into police custody yesterday and later released on bail.

Sri Lanka’s ruling party has decided to forego May Day celebrations today, with two major opposition parties taking their celebrations online as a result of the COVID-19 spike.

This is a quick look at these and other developments that transpired this week, in today’s edition of the EN Weekly Roundup.

Can Sri Lanka survive B.1.1.7?

With the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 now confirmed to be the dominant strain in Sri Lanka, authorities are scrambling to prevent an unmitigated public health crisis à la India even as state hospitals run out of intensive care units (ICUs) amid record daily cases.

Sri Lanka police arrest alleged instigator of honk protest during China VIP visit

Sri Lanka police arrested a 31-year-old motorist this morning alleged to have instigated a honking protest at the Borella junction on April 27 when visiting Chinese defence minister General Wei Fenghe’s motorcade was passing through.

Sri Lanka per capita GDP drops in 2021 amid COVID-19, monetary instability

Sri Lanka’s per capita gross domestic product has dropped to 3,682 US dollars per person amid a 3.6 percent fall in real GDP.

Sri Lanka Covid-19 total hits new daily high of 1,662, health staff fatigue warned

Sri Lanka’s daily confirmed Coronavirus cases has hit a new high of 1,662 with 1,636 coming from the community, Heath Ministry data showed, amid warnings that hospital workers were getting rapidly fatigued from a flood of COVID-19 cases.

Sri Lanka to ban import, use of fertilizer, agro-chemicals to save foreign exchange

Sri Lanka will ban import and use of fertilizer, insecticide and weedicide on which hundreds of millions of dollars and give subsidies to farmers for cross losses, according to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a statement said.

Sri Lanka will not receive next batch of Covishield anytime soon: Official

Sri Lanka will not receive the next consignment of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at the expected window due to the prevailing situation in India, a health official said.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party will oppose any move to arrest Harin: Dayasiri

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will oppose any move to arrest main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP Harin Feranndo over a controversial statement he made in parliament last week, SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

Sri Lanka embassy in Kuwait repatriates 6,000 stranded migrant workers

The Sri Lanka embassy in Kuwait has repatriated 6,000 out of 9,000 stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers who had signed up for repatriation, the embassy said.

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