ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ongoing COVID-19 lockdown has been extended by a week to September 13, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.
The minister tweeted Friday (03) afternoon that Sri Lanka’s vaccine rollout can continue during the extended lockdown to curb the current spike in daily COVID-19 cases.
#Lockdown will continue for another 7 day period till (13/09). Recommendations determine that progress will be made via the ongoing #VaccinationDrive in the interim to curb the current spike. Pl adhere to the regulations, use this time to #GetVaccinated, #StayHome & #WearAMask.
— Keheliya Rambukwella (@Keheliya_R) September 3, 2021
The decision to extend the lockdown till 4am September 13 was made at a special meeting at the presidential secretariat Friday morning. Government ministers had previously indicated that an extension may not happen, though COVID Control State Minister Dr Sudarshini Fernandopulle said earlier this week that it should be extended by a week or two.
Sri Lanka has fully vaccinated 8.6 million people or 39.1 percent of the total population as of September 1. Around 4 million people have yet to receive their second jab. However, daily deaths have reached around 200 and infection around 4,000 since latter part of August.
Health authorities plan to vaccinate people aged between 20 and 30 years with the expected 12 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.