Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan army soldier in protective suit walks past people waiting to receive a jab of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center run by military at a playground in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Image Credit: AP

Colombo: Sri Lanka has decided to declare strict island-wide travel restrictions in efforts to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading further amid an ongoing resurgence.

Army Commander and head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of COVID-19, General Shavendra Silva said the countrywide travel restrictions will come into effect from Thursday to May 31.

According to Silva, the restrictions' implementation is divided into two phases, with the first phase starting from 11pm on Thursday to 4am on May 31, followed by a daily curfew from 11pm to 4am until May 31. Silva said that during this period, people will not be allowed to leave their home and all businesses including restaurants will shut down.

He added that only medical workers and workers involved in the essential services can travel. The latest decision came amid a rapid spread of the virus in the country. Sri Lanka reported a total of 133,527 coronavirus cases as of Thursday morning, with 850 deaths.