ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, or ‘quarantine curfew’ as it is officially known, will be lifted as previously announced on Friday (01), subject to conditions, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella tweeted Wednesday (29) afternoon.
These conditions, to be announced by health authorities, will imposed to curtail movement and curb further spread of the virus, said Rambukwella, adding.
The existing #lockdown is to be lifted as announced last week on 01/10. However certain conditions will follow the lifting of the lockdown to curtail movement & curb #COVID19SL spread. The DG @MoH_SriLanka will notify these restrictions subsequently.#StayHome & #WearAMask
— Keheliya Rambukwella (@Keheliya_R) September 29, 2021
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLM) has proposed a “restrained, phased, and well-monitored” exit strategy for the lockdown in order to avoid another wave of the epidemic. The SLMA issued a series of recommendations Wednesday afternoon on gradually reopening the country.
Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.
Critics, however, have argued that Sri Lanka’s lockdown is not as stringent as it should be, with widespread reports on social media of life almost being back to normal, at least for a section of society.
Regardless, daily cases of COVID-19 have seen a not insignificant drop, six weeks into the lockdown. On Tuesday (28), 932 new infections were reported, with 55 deaths confirmed for Monday. (Colombo/Sep29/2021)