Sri Lanka has picked up its COVID-19 vaccination drive lately. The country also lifted the three-month inter-provincial travel ban as the vaccination drive paces up. However, the ban is only lifted for government employees in the country; for the moment. But we hope that it soon opens up for the general public as well.
Inter-Provincial Travel Ban Lifted in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka on Sunday lifted the three-month interprovincial travel ban in the country. The COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country paces up after they receive millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses through COVAX. However, the ban is only lifted for government employees at the moment. But hopefully, it will soon open up for the general public as well.
What Services are Resumed in Sri Lanka on Sunday?
The government has resumed bus services in Sri Lanka on Sunday. People can travel inter-province via bus services starting Sunday. Moreover, the government will also resume train services in the country on Monday. The officials have made it very clear that they won’t allow crowding; in these public services. Besides that, they have ensured that buses will only accommodate travelers; according to their seating capacity. Overcrowding is strictly prohibited; in public transport services currently. This is the first time the government has reopened public transportation service; since late April in the country. However, the country was witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases during the Sinhalese New Year.
Government Ends Work-From-Home Ritual in the Country
The new guidelines arrive in Sri Lanka; as the government ends the work-from-home ritual for the government employees. It was announced on July 30; that government employees will have to attend the office in person; cannot continue working from home anymore. The current secretary to the Sri Lankan President, PB Jayasundera, said that the government employees need not work from home anymore. However, most of them are vaccinated and can attend the office in person.
COVID-19 Vaccinations in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has vaccinated almost 84 percent of its citizens above 30. Most of them have received their first dose. The country is about to reach the 10 million COVID-19 vaccinations; a milestone very soon. On Saturday, the country received 728,460 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX. So far, the country has witnessed 308,812 infections and 4,436 deaths.