Sri Lanka so far has detected two variants of concern, the Alpha and Delta strains, spreading in the community.
"We saw the same thing happened in April this year when restrictions were relaxed as case numbers dropped."
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Dharmasena said, after the pilot project in Colombo, the programme will continue as previously planned.
"I have a health issue. It is a kind of leave [that I’m taking’," Gunasena told EconomyNext on Friday (22).
Authorities started vaccinating 18-19-year-olds in on October 15 and expanded island-wide on Thursday (21).
'This donation will help Sri Lanka provide safe and effective vaccines, especially to young people with health issues'
The GMOA has demanded clear definitions regarding the annual transfer list of Grade Medical Officers.
The new guidelines have been divided into two periods: October 01 to 15 and October 16 to 30.
"What we have observed in other destinations is that the fewer the controls, the higher the arrivals."
Critics, however, have argued that Sri Lanka’s lockdown is not as stringent as it should be.
Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.
Fully vaccinated tourists are free to move across the country the way they did before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday revealed plans for a possible vaccine mandate for Sri Lanka.
"It is really sad if health workers are supporting these unions led by some parties at a time of crisis like this."
As of September 27, only 48 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20-29 age group have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
At the time of writing, the lineage has been identified in Turkey, India, Russia and the US.
"Inbound travellers can enter to work in Malaysia as long as they follow all the conditions set," Berita Harian reported
“When we open the country on October 01, most restaurants will also open. So why can’t we discuss opening schools?"
"We cannot do that. We are in the red zone not solely because of the number of patients," Gunawardena said.
“We ask academic staff to revamp the school sick rooms, and bring students back to school under health protocols.”
The 48-year old healer was in charge of Rajapaksa’s health from the first term of his presidency, a source said.
Sri Lanka went into lockdown on August 20, which has now been extended several times to October 01.
“There is something to be happy about here,” he added.
The World Bank has agreed to grant the loan, a cabinet release said.
“Get any vaccine that’s easily available to you as soon as possible,” a health official pleaded.