ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 2,386 Coronavirus patients on May 12 as movement controls were tightened to with the health system coming under severe pressure with over 24,000 under medical care by the day’s end.
The health ministry reported 18 deaths on May 13 which had taken place between May 09 and 12.
Sri Lanka has place a daily nightly curfew-like restriction halting travel from 2300hours of May 12 till 0400 hours on May 31.
From May 13, 1100hours till Monday May 0400 another movement restriction has been placed.
The public has been restricted to leaving their house on odd numbered days if their identity card ends in an odd number.
If their ID number ends in an even number or zero, they can move out of the house on even numbered dates, Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said.
People can go to work but managers should only ask persons who are absolutely essential to report to work, he said.
Essential services such as food transport can still operated.
The restrictions will be reviewed and relaxed or tightened as needed based on the developing situation, Deputy Director of Health Hemanthe Herath told reporters.
The restrictions came after Sri Lanka Medical Association warned that the health service was starting to break down with around 2,500 cases being confirmed every day.
Public Health Inspectors also complained of test delays, though about 23,000 to 26,000 tests were being done every day.