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* Sri Lanka extends COVID-19 lockdown until October 01
Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 12:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to extend the current island-wide quarantine curfew until 4.00 am on October 01 in a bid to further control the COVID-19 cases.

The decision was taken at the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control meeting chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (17).

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the lockdown has been further extended till October 1. However, government essential services impacting the economy will be allowed to function, the Minister said in a Twitter post urging the public to adhere to health guidelines and get vaccinated.

The Minister said he will be consulting with Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa to decide which government institutions to be kept open as essential services that contribute to the economy.

Following the surge in the number of Covid cases and deaths, Sri Lanka imposed a ten-day island-wide quarantine curfew on August 20. However the quarantine curfew was extended several times on expert recommendations until 21 September.


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