ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 2,624 domestic Coronavirus cases on May 10, after 2,672 total cases were reported a day earlier and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced long distance travel restrictions till May 30.
There were 2,573 domestic cases. Deaths reported rose to a new high of 26 taking the total to 827.
Health authorities have been scrambling to build new health facilities as the numbers increased and also ratcheted up a vaccination drive, mainly using Sputnik vaccine from Russia.
By the morning of May 10 before the new confirmations 19,494 patients were under treatment in intermediate centres and hospitals and 1,148 were discharged.
The President has instructed authorities to -Impose travel restrictions between all provinces,
-Cancel all gatherings and functions, -Limit the number of people who can enter and stay in commercial establishments, and -Isolate the areas where infected people are found in higher numbers, till May 30, his office said.
“However, the President emphasized that proper procedures should be followed to ensure that the lives of the people are not disrupted and that the essential services of the country are maintained when imposing these restrictions,” the statement said.
Sri Lanka is pushing vaccination mainly using Russia’s Sputnik, from which 13 million doses have been ordered till the end of 2020, which is enough vaccinate a third of the population.
After an initial batch of 15,000 doses, another 85,000 doses are on the way, the President’s office said.
Sri Lanka latest Coronavirus surge came after traditional New Year celebrations in April and a UK variant began spreading. (Colombo/May10/2021)