ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ongoing COVID-19 movement restrictions that were to be lifted at 4am June 07 have been extended till 4am June 14, the Government Information Department quoting Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva said.
Authorities had imposed curfew-style islandwide travel restrictions from 11pm May 21 to 4am June 07 in an effort to contain rapidly rising daily COVID-19 cases.
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. It is assumed that 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/June02/2021)