ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has halted all state functions and also invoked Coronavirus quarantine regulations ban private functions, the President’s office said.
“All state festivals planned for the next two weeks have been halted,” a statement from the President’s office said.
“The government had decided to ban all private sector functions, meetings and parties under quarantine regulations.”
Sri Lanka has confirmed around 900 new cases over the past two days after a suspected new Covid-19 variant began to spread around the country, killing younger patients and filling up intensive care units.
It is not clear how the new variant entered the country but Sri Lanka recently relaxed quarantine rules for returnees including vaccinated persons. Vaccination is not 100 percent effective.
Earlier in the week at least one returnee undergoing home quarantine died from Coronavirus.
Authorities have urged the public to stay at home and to avoid travel as much as possible.
Some district officials have asked people avoid traveling to their areas.
Meanwhile two areas in Kuliyapitiya and Kaluthara has been locked down.