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Sri Lanka to lift COVID-19 lockdown on Oct 01 subject to conditions

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.

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.

Related: Sri Lanka Medical Association proposes “restrained” easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.

Related: Sri Lanka health official calls for staggered lifting of COVID-19 lockdown

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)

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