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Sri Lanka plans to lift unofficial COVID-19 lockdown; travel restrictions to end June 14: report

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ongoing curfew-style travel restrictions will be lifted at 4am June 14, the privately owned NewsFirst quoting Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva reported.

Authorities had imposed the island-wide unofficial lockdown on May 21 in an effort to contain rapidly rising daily COVID-19 cases.

Restrictions that were to be lifted at 4am June 07 were extended till 4am June 14, the Government Information Department previously said, with a decision pending on whether to extend it again.

Silva was quoted as saying on June 10 that the lockdown will be lifted on June 14 as previously announced.

The island-wide unofficial lockdown was previously set to include a 19-hour window on May 31 and June 04 for the public to purchase essentials, but this concession was scrapped on May 28 following a discussion with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the army chief said at the time.

Silva further said on May 28 that divisional secretaries have been instructed to coordinate the delivery of essential items to households across the island. This will continue till June 14.

Sri Lanka’s daily COVID-19 cases continue to surge past 2,500 despite the unofficial lockdown amid dropping PCR tests, though authorities have predicted a decline in the coming weeks. (Colombo/June10/2021)

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