Sri Lanka allows limited worship, tuition classes as new Covid-19 cases go down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s health authorities have given the go ahead for places of worship to commence activities subject to a limit of 50 persons from June 12, while tuition classes would be allowed to have double that number from June 29 as new cases of Coronavirus in the country reduced.

If the available space is smaller, half the usual crowd is allowed, the state information office said.

A tuition class could hold a maximum of 100 persons.

Sri Lanka is also re-opening schools in July, Education Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said with staff reporting to work on June 19 and Grades 05, 11 and 13 staring on July 06

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry reported two new cases on June 09 taking the total to 1,850 with one foreign returnee and a cluster linked to the Navy who are already quarantined.

No cases had been reported so far on June 10.

Sri Lanka’s health authorities are now also conducting community testing among high risk persons but no new cases had been reported over several weeks.

Earlier Sri Lanka denied tests to high risk groups and also frontline workers triggering an outbreak in a Navy camp. In the beginning even quarantined persons were denied tests.

The powers earlier held by senior doctors and virologists to deny tests requested by junior doctors who are treating patients had also been taken away. (Colombo/June10/2020)