No lockdown in Sri Lanka, despite covid 19 bombs


The Sri Lankan government rejected rising calls for an emergency lockdown on Tuesday (August 10) to stem a surge of Covid-19 cases and fatalities straining hospitals and crematoriums.
Even though the island nation suffers more than 100 deaths each day, government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated the country had not reached a crisis stage.
“The last resort is curfews or a lockdown, but we are not there yet,” Mr. Rambukwella told reporters. “Our goal is to vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 by September, and then it’ll be in the hands of the gods.”
His remarks came despite the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) giving the government a “last warning” to restrict people’s movement or face a larger disaster quickly.
A spokeswoman for the SLMA, a professional association of medical professionals, said, “We have given the government the final warning to take urgent steps to shut down at least for two weeks.”
Mr. Channa Jayasumana, a junior minister for health, described the Delta strain of the virus as “a tremendous bomb that has exploded in Colombo and is spreading abroad.”
The government imposed more restrictions on Friday, prohibiting state ceremonies and public gatherings until September 1. However, most activity remains permitted, with stores, restaurants, and offices remaining open and public transportation being operational.


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