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United States grants Sri Lanka US$5.8mn for Coronavirus battle

ECONOMYNEXT – The United States has said it is giving another 4.5 million US dollars to Sri Lanka for its fight against Coronavirus to help vulnerable persons, small businesses and build social cohesion on top of earlier assistance announced taking the total up to 5.8 million US dollars.

“This assistance continues the long tradition of U.S. support for Sri Lanka’s security and sovereignty,” U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz said in a statement.

“Over the past 20 years, U.S. assistance in Sri Lanka has totaled more than $1 billion, including $26 million for health.”

The funds coming through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), includes 2 million US dollars to to increase social services for areas and populations most impacted by the crisis, and support for activities that build social cohesion.

Another 2 million will go to strengthen small and medium enterprises and increase women’s economic participation.

United States is also providing 590,000 dollars in humanitarian assistance that will support vulnerable people during the pandemic.

On April 09, US said it is giving 1.3 million US dollars to expand lab facilities, and surveillance.

The US has been one of the hardest hit in the Coronavirus epidemic. (Colombo/May06/2020)