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COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka
COVID-19 Sri Lanka per capita cases map.svg
Map of confirmed cases per million residents
Sri Lanka COVID-19 map of confirmed cases.svg
Map of confirmed cases
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSri Lanka
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseColombo
Date27 January 2020 – ongoing
(1 year, 3 months, 1 week and 3 days)
Confirmed casesNegative increase 119,424[1][2]
Active casesNegative increase 17,805[1]
RecoveredIncrease 100,885[1]
Deaths
Negative increase 745[1]
Fatality rateNegative increase 0.62%
Government website
epid.gov.lk
https://hpb.health.gov.lk/

The COVID-19 pandemic in Sri LankaSri Lanka is known to be caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of the virus was confirmed in Sri Lanka on 27 January 2020, after a 44-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province in China was admitted to the National Institute of Infection Diseases.[3] As of 9 January 2021, a total of 6,773 active cases, 40,838 recoveries, and 225 deaths have been reported in the country.[4]

The first confirmed case of the virus was reported in Sri Lanka on 27 January 2020, a 44-year-old Chinese tourist from Hubei Province. The first reported case involving a Sri Lankan origin outside the country was reported in Italy on 3 March 2020. As of 23 March, forty-five quarantine centres have been built in the country by the Sri Lanka Army as a preventative measure to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.[5] Nearly 3,500 people have been under quarantine in 45 quarantine centres, which also includes 31 foreigners from 14 countries.[6] As of 25 March 2020, Sri Lankan authorities have tracked down over 14,000 people who had come into contact with the identified patients and had ordered self-quarantine for such people.[7] As of 16 April 2020, Sri Lanka has been named as the 16th high-risk country prone to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has been ranked the 9th best country in the world for its successful immediate response on tackling the virus.[9]

The Sri Lankan government announced that it had lifted the curfew, which had in effect for over two months, on 11 May 2020, allowing the public to start going to work under the condition that social distancing be maintained. However, public gatherings, festivals and celebrations were still banned.[10][11] The Sri Lankan government also granted permission to open salons, beauty parlours and barber shops on 11 May but strictly banned shaving.[12][13][14] The government urged barbers to maintain precautionary health measures while cutting hair.[15]

The 2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary election was held on 5 August 2020 during the pandemic and got off to a slow start, with the voter turnout initially being low, mainly due to fears about the virus. However, the voting numbers started to pick up gradually in late morning.[16][17] The authorities also made wearing face masks a compulsory requirement along with the use of hand sanitizer in the polling stations when voters were entering and leaving them.[18][19]


COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMay
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-01-28
1(n.a.)
2020-03-11 2(+100%)
2020-03-12 3(+50%)
2020-03-13
6(+100%)
2020-03-14
11(+83%)
2020-03-15
19(+73%)
2020-03-16
29(+53%)
2020-03-17
42(+45%)
2020-03-18
53(+26%)
2020-03-19
66(+25%)
2020-03-20
72(+9.1%)
2020-03-21
78(+8.3%)
2020-03-22
87(+12%)
2020-03-23
97(+11%)
2020-03-24
102(+5.2%)
2020-03-25
102(=)
2020-03-26
106(+3.9%)
2020-03-27
106(=)
2020-03-28
115(+8.5%) 1(n.a.)
2020-03-29
120(+4.3%) 1(=)
2020-03-30
122(+1.7%) 2(+100%)
2020-03-31
143(+17%) 2(=)
2020-04-01
148(+3.5%) 3(+50%)
2020-04-02
151(+2%) 4(+33%)
2020-04-03
159(+5.3%) 5(+25%)
2020-04-04
166(+4.4%) 5(=)
2020-04-05
176(+6%) 5(=)
2020-04-06
180(+2.3%) 6(+20%)
2020-04-07
186(+3.3%) 6(=)
2020-04-08
189(+1.6%) 7(+17%)
2020-04-09
190(+0.53%) 7(=)
2020-04-10
197(+3.7%) 7(=)
2020-04-11
199(+1%) 7(=)
2020-04-12
210(+5.5%) 7(=)
2020-04-13
218(+3.8%) 7(=)
2020-04-14
233(+6.9%) 7(=)
2020-04-15
238(+2.1%) 7(=)
2020-04-16
238(=) 7(=)
2020-04-17
244(+2.5%) 7(=)
2020-04-18
254(+4.1%) 7(=)
2020-04-19
271(+6.7%) 7(=)
2020-04-20
304(+12%) 7(=)
2020-04-21
310(+2%) 7(=)
2020-04-22
330(+6.5%) 7(=)
2020-04-23
368(+12%) 7(=)
2020-04-24
420(+14%) 7(=)
2020-04-25
460(+9.5%) 7(=)
2020-04-26
523(+14%) 7(=)
2020-04-27
588(+12%) 7(=)
2020-04-28
619(+5.3%) 7(=)
2020-04-29
649(+4.8%) 7(=)
2020-04-30
665(+2.5%) 7(=)
2020-05-01
690(+3.8%) 7(=)
2020-05-02
705(+2.2%) 7(=)
2020-05-03
718(+1.8%) 7(=)
2020-05-04
755(+5.2%) 8(+14%)
2020-05-05
771(+2.1%) 9(+12%)
2020-05-06
797(+3.4%) 9(=)
2020-05-07
824(+3.4%) 9(=)
2020-05-08
835(+1.3%) 9(=)
2020-05-09
847(+1.4%) 9(=)
2020-05-10
863(+1.9%) 9(=)
2020-05-11
869(+0.7%) 9(=)
2020-05-12
889(+2.3%) 9(=)
2020-05-13
915(+2.9%) 9(=)
2020-05-14
925(+1.1%) 9(=)
2020-05-15
935(+1.1%) 9(=)
2020-05-16
960(+2.7%) 9(=)
2020-05-17
981(+2.2%) 9(=)
2020-05-18
992(+1.1%) 9(=)
2020-05-19
1,027(+3.5%) 9(=)
2020-05-20
1,028(+0.1%) 9(=)
2020-05-21
1,055(+2.6%) 9(=)
2020-05-22
1,068(+1.2%) 9(=)
2020-05-23
1,089(+2%) 9(=)
2020-05-24
1,141(+4.8%) 9(=)
2020-05-25
1,182(+3.6%) 10(+11%)
2020-05-26
1,319(+12%) 10(=)
2020-05-27
1,469(+11%) 10(=)
2020-05-28
1,530(+4.2%) 10(=)
2020-05-29
1,558(+1.8%) 10(=)
2020-05-30
1,620(+4%) 10(=)
2020-05-31
1,633(+0.8%) 11(+10%)
2020-06-01
1,643(+0.61%) 11(=)
2020-06-02
1,683(+2.4%) 11(=)
2020-06-03
1,743(+3.6%) 11(=)
2020-06-04
1,797(+3.1%) 11(=)
2020-06-05
1,801(+0.22%) 11(=)
2020-06-06
1,814(+0.72%) 11(=)
2020-06-07
1,835(+1.2%) 11(=)
2020-06-08
1,857(+1.2%) 11(=)
2020-06-09
1,859(+0.11%) 11(=)
2020-06-10
1,869(+0.54%) 11(=)
2020-06-11
1,877(+0.43%) 11(=)
2020-06-12
1,880(+0.16%) 11(=)
2020-06-13
1,884(+0.21%) 11(=)
2020-06-14
1,889(+0.27%) 11(=)
2020-06-15
1,905(+0.85%) 11(=)
2020-06-16
1,915(+0.52%) 11(=)
2020-06-17
1,924(+0.47%) 11(=)
2020-06-18
1,947(+1.2%) 11(=)
2020-06-19
1,950(+0.15%) 11(=)
2020-06-20
1,950(=) 11(=)
2020-06-21
1,950(=) 11(=)
2020-06-22
1,951(+0.05%) 11(=)
2020-06-23
1,991(+2.1%) 11(=)
2020-06-24
2,001(+0.5%) 11(=)
2020-06-25
2,010(+0.45%) 11(=)
2020-06-26
2,014(+0.2%) 11(=)
2020-06-27
2,033(+0.94%) 11(=)
2020-06-28
2,037(+0.2%) 11(=)
2020-06-29
2,042(+0.25%) 11(=)
2020-06-30
2,047(+0.24%) 11(=)
2020-07-01
2,054(+0.34%) 11(=)
2020-07-02
2,066(+0.58%) 11(=)
2020-07-03
2,069(+0.15%) 11(=)
2020-07-04
2,074(+0.24%) 11(=)
2020-07-05
2,076(+0.1%) 11(=)
2020-07-06
2,077(+0.05%) 11(=)
2020-07-07
2,081(+0.19%) 11(=)
2020-07-08
2,094(+0.62%) 11(=)
2020-07-09
2,350(+12%) 11(=)
2020-07-10
2,454(+4.4%) 11(=)
2020-07-11
2,511(+2.3%) 11(=)
2020-07-12
2,617(+4.2%) 11(=)
2020-07-13
2,646(+1.1%) 11(=)
2020-07-14
2,665(+0.72%) 11(=)
2020-07-15
2,674(+0.34%) 11(=)
2020-07-16
2,687(+0.49%) 11(=)
2020-07-17
2,697(+0.37%) 11(=)
2020-07-18
2,704(+0.26%) 11(=)
2020-07-19
2,724(+0.74%) 11(=)
2020-07-20
2,730(+0.22%) 11(=)
2020-07-21
2,730(=) 11(=)
2020-07-22
2,752(+0.81%) 11(=)
2020-07-23
2,753(+0.04%) 11(=)
2020-07-24
2,764(+0.4%) 11(=)
2020-07-25
2,790(+0.94%) 11(=)
2020-07-26
2,782(−0.29%) 11(=)
2020-07-27
2,805(+0.83%) 11(=)
2020-07-28
2,810(+0.18%) 11(=)
2020-07-29
2,811(+0.04%) 11(=)
2020-07-30
2,814(+0.11%) 11(=)
2020-07-31
2,815(+0.04%) 11(=)
2020-08-01
2,815(=) 11(=)
2020-08-02
2,823(+0.28%) 11(=)
2020-08-03
2,828(+0.18%) 11(=)
2020-08-04
2,834(+0.21%) 11(=)
2020-08-05
2,839(+0.18%) 11(=)
2020-08-06
2,839(=) 11(=)
2020-08-07
2,839(=) 11(=)
2020-08-08
2,841(+0.07%) 11(=)
2020-08-09
2,844(+0.11%) 11(=)
2020-08-10
2,871(+0.95%) 11(=)
2020-08-11
2,880(+0.31%) 11(=)
2020-08-12
2,881(+0.03%) 11(=)
2020-08-13
2,882(+0.03%) 11(=)
2020-08-14
2,886(+0.14%) 11(=)
2020-08-15
2,890(+0.14%) 11(=)
2020-08-16
2,893(+0.1%) 11(=)
2020-08-17
2,900(+0.24%) 11(=)
2020-08-18
2,902(+0.07%) 11(=)
2020-08-19
2,902(=) 11(=)
2020-08-20
2,918(+0.55%) 11(=)
2020-08-21
2,941(+0.79%) 11(=)
2020-08-22
2,947(+0.2%) 12(+9.1%)
2020-08-23
2,953(+0.2%) 12(=)
2020-08-24
2,959(+0.2%) 12(=)
2020-08-25
2,971(+0.41%) 12(=)
2020-08-26
2,984(+0.44%) 12(=)
2020-08-27
2,986(+0.07%) 12(=)
2020-08-28
2,989(+0.1%) 12(=)
2020-08-29
2,995(+0.2%) 12(=)
2020-08-30
3,012(+0.57%) 12(=)
2020-08-31
3,071(+2%) 12(=)
2020-09-01
3,092(+0.68%) 12(=)
2020-09-02
3,101(+0.29%) 12(=)
2020-09-03
3,111(+0.32%) 12(=)
2020-09-04
3,115(+0.13%) 12(=)
2020-09-05
3,121(+0.19%) 12(=)
2020-09-06
3,123(+0.06%) 12(=)
2020-09-07
3,123(=) 12(=)
2020-09-08
3,140(+0.54%) 12(=)
2020-09-09
3,147(+0.22%) 12(=)
2020-09-10
3,155(+0.25%) 12(=)
2020-09-11
3,169(+0.44%) 12(=)
2020-09-12
3,195(+0.82%) 12(=)
2020-09-13
3,234(+1.2%) 12(=)
2020-09-14
3,263(+0.9%) 13(+8.3%)
2020-09-15
3,271(+0.25%) 13(=)
2020-09-16
3,271(=) 13(=)
2020-09-17
3,276(+0.15%) 13(=)
2020-09-18
3,281(+0.15%) 13(=)
2020-09-19
3,283(+0.06%) 13(=)
2020-09-20
3,287(+0.12%) 13(=)
2020-09-21
3,299(+0.37%) 13(=)
2020-09-22
3,313(+0.42%) 13(=)
2020-09-23
3,324(+0.33%) 13(=)
2020-09-24
3,333(+0.27%) 13(=)
2020-09-25
3,345(+0.36%) 13(=)
2020-09-26
3,349(+0.12%) 13(=)
2020-09-27
3,360(+0.33%) 13(=)
2020-09-28
3,363(+0.09%) 13(=)
2020-09-29
3,374(+0.33%) 13(=)
2020-09-30
3,380(+0.18%) 13(=)
2020-10-01
3,382(+0.06%) 13(=)
2020-10-02
3,388(+0.18%) 13(=)
2020-10-03
3,396(+0.24%) 13(=)
2020-10-04
3,471(+2.2%) 13(=)
2020-10-05
3,733(+7.5%) 13(=)
2020-10-06
4,272(+14%) 13(=)
2020-10-07
4,459(+4.4%) 13(=)
2020-10-08
4,488(+0.65%) 13(=)
2020-10-09
4,523(+0.78%) 13(=)
2020-10-10
4,628(+2.3%) 13(=)
2020-10-11
4,752(+2.7%) 13(=)
2020-10-12
4,844(+1.9%) 13(=)
2020-10-13
5,038(+4%) 13(=)
2020-10-14
5,170(+2.6%) 13(=)
2020-10-15
5,244(+1.4%) 13(=)
2020-10-16
5,354(+2.1%) 13(=)
2020-10-17
5,475(+2.3%) 13(=)
2020-10-18
5,585(+2%) 13(=)
2020-10-19
5,685(+1.8%) 13(=)
2020-10-20
5,811(+2.2%) 13(=)
2020-10-21
5,978(+2.9%) 13(=)
2020-10-22
6,287(+5.2%) 14(+7.7%)
2020-10-23
7,153(+14%) 14(=)
2020-10-24
7,521(+5.1%) 15(+7.1%)
2020-10-25
7,872(+4.7%) 16(+6.7%)
2020-10-26
8,413(+6.9%) 16(=)
2020-10-27
8,870(+5.4%) 19(+19%)
2020-10-28
9,205(+3.8%) 19(=)
2020-10-29
9,791(+6.4%) 19(=)
2020-10-30
10,424(+6.5%) 20(+5.3%)
2020-10-31
10,663(+2.3%) 20(=)
2020-11-01
11,060(+3.7%) 21(+5%)
2020-11-02
11,335(+2.5%) 21(=)
2020-11-03
11,744(+3.6%) 23(+9.5%)
2020-11-04
12,187(+3.8%) 24(+4.3%)
2020-11-05
12,570(+3.1%) 29(+21%)
2020-11-06
12,970(+3.2%) 30(+3.4%)
2020-11-07
13,419(+3.5%) 34(+13%)
2020-11-08
13,929(+3.8%) 35(+2.9%)
2020-11-09
14,285(+2.6%) 36(+2.9%)
2020-11-10
14,715(+3%) 41(+14%)
2020-11-11
15,350(+4.3%) 46(+12%)
2020-11-12
15,723(+2.4%) 48(+4.3%)
2020-11-13
16,191(+3%) 53(+10%)
2020-11-14
16,583(+2.4%) 53(=)
2020-11-15
17,287(+4.2%) 58(+9.4%)
2020-11-16
17,674(+2.2%) 61(+5.2%)
2020-11-17
18,075(+2.3%) 66(+8.2%)
2020-11-18
18,402(+1.8%) 69(+4.5%)
2020-11-19
18,841(+2.4%) 73(+5.8%)
2020-11-20
19,280(+2.3%) 74(+1.4%)
2020-11-21
19,771(+2.5%) 83(+12%)
2020-11-22
20,171(+2%) 87(+4.8%)
2020-11-23
20,508(+1.7%) 90(+3.4%)
2020-11-24
20,967(+2.2%) 94(+4.4%)
2020-11-25
21,469(+2.4%) 96(+2.1%)
2020-11-26
22,028(+2.6%) 99(+3.1%)
2020-11-27
22,501(+2.1%) 107(+8.1%)
2020-11-28
22,988(+2.2%) 109(+1.9%)
2020-11-29
23,484(+2.2%) 116(+6.4%)
2020-11-30
23,987(+2.1%) 118(+1.7%)
2020-12-01
24,532(+2.3%) 122(+3.4%)
2020-12-02
25,410(+3.6%) 124(+1.6%)
2020-12-03
26,038(+2.5%) 129(+4%)
2020-12-04
26,559(+2%) 130(+0.78%)
2020-12-05
27,228(+2.5%) 137(+5.4%)
2020-12-06
27,877(+2.4%) 140(+2.2%)
2020-12-07
28,580(+2.5%) 142(+1.4%)
2020-12-08
29,378(+2.8%) 142(=)
2020-12-09
30,075(+2.4%) 144(+1.4%)
2020-12-10
30,613(+1.8%) 146(+1.4%)
2020-12-11
31,375(+2.5%) 146(=)
2020-12-12
32,135(+2.4%) 147(+0.68%)
2020-12-13
32,790(+2%) 152(+3.4%)
2020-12-14
33,478(+2.1%) 154(+1.3%)
2020-12-15
34,121(+1.9%) 157(+1.9%)
2020-12-16
34,737(+1.8%) 160(+1.9%)
2020-12-17
35,387(+1.9%) 160(=)
2020-12-18
36,049(+1.9%) 165(+3.1%)
2020-12-19
36,667(+1.7%) 171(+3.6%)
2020-12-20
37,261(+1.6%) 176(+2.9%)
2020-12-21
37,631(+0.99%) 181(+2.8%)
2020-12-22
38,059(+1.1%) 183(+1.1%)
2020-12-23
38,639(+1.5%) 184(+0.55%)
2020-12-24
39,231(+1.5%) 185(+0.54%)
2020-12-25
39,782(+1.4%) 186(+0.54%)
2020-12-26
40,380(+1.5%) 187(+0.54%)
2020-12-27
41,054(+1.7%) 191(+2.1%)
2020-12-28
41,603(+1.3%) 194(+1.6%)
2020-12-29
42,063(+1.1%) 195(+0.52%)
2020-12-30
42,702(+1.5%) 199(+2.1%)
2020-12-31
43,299(+1.4%) 204(+2.5%)
2021-01-01
43,856(+1.3%) 208(+2%)
2021-01-02
44,371(+1.2%) 211(+1.4%)
2021-01-03
44,774(+0.91%) 213(+0.95%)
2021-01-04
45,242(+1%) 215(+0.94%)
2021-01-05
45,726(+1.1%) 217(+0.93%)
2021-01-06
46,248(+1.1%) 219(+0.92%)
2021-01-07
46,780(+1.2%) 222(+1.4%)
2021-01-08
47,305(+1.1%) 225(+1.4%)
2021-01-09
47,840(+1.1%) 229(+1.8%)
2021-01-10
48,380(+1.1%) 232(+1.3%)
2021-01-11
48,949(+1.2%) 240(+3.4%)
2021-01-12
49,537(+1.2%) 244(+1.7%)
2021-01-13
50,229(+1.4%) 247(+1.2%)
2021-01-14
50,899(+1.3%) 251(+1.6%)
2021-01-15
51,594(+1.4%) 255(+1.6%)
2021-01-16
52,313(+1.4%) 256(+0.39%)
2021-01-17
53,076(+1.5%) 264(+3.1%)
2021-01-18
53,750(+1.3%) 270(+2.3%)
2021-01-19
54,419(+1.2%) 273(+1.1%)
2021-01-20
55,189(+1.4%) 274(+0.37%)
2021-01-21
56,076(+1.6%) 276(+0.73%)
2021-01-22
56,863(+1.4%) 278(+0.72%)
2021-01-23
57,587(+1.3%) 280(+0.72%)
2021-01-24
58,430(+1.5%) 283(+1.1%)
2021-01-25
59,167(+1.3%) 287(+1.4%)
2021-01-26
59,922(+1.3%) 288(+0.35%)
2021-01-27
60,694(+1.3%) 290(+0.69%)
2021-01-28
61,586(+1.5%) 297(+2.4%)
2021-01-29
62,445(+1.4%) 305(+2.7%)
2021-01-30
63,293(+1.4%) 313(+2.6%)
2021-01-31
64,157(+1.4%) 316(+0.96%)
2021-02-01
64,983(+1.3%) 323(+2.2%)
2021-02-02
65,698(+1.1%) 328(+1.5%)
2021-02-03
66,409(+1.1%) 332(+1.2%)
2021-02-04
67,115(+1.1%) 339(+2.1%)
2021-02-05
67,850(+1.1%) 343(+1.2%)
2021-02-06
68,576(+1.1%) 351(+2.3%)
2021-02-07
69,348(+1.1%) 356(+1.4%)
2021-02-08
70,235(+1.3%) 365(+2.5%)
2021-02-09
71,211(+1.4%) 370(+1.4%)
2021-02-10
72,174(+1.4%) 375(+1.4%)
2021-02-11
73,116(+1.3%) 379(+1.1%)
2021-02-12
74,056(+1.3%) 384(+1.3%)
2021-02-13
74,852(+1.1%) 390(+1.6%)
2021-02-14
75,654(+1.1%) 397(+1.8%)
2021-02-15
76,428(+1%) 403(+1.5%)
2021-02-16
77,184(+0.99%) 409(+1.5%)
2021-02-17
77,906(+0.94%) 422(+3.2%)
2021-02-18
78,420(+0.66%) 430(+1.9%)
2021-02-19
78,937(+0.66%) 433(+0.7%)
2021-02-20
79,480(+0.69%) 435(+0.46%)
2021-02-21
79,999(+0.65%) 445(+2.3%)
2021-02-22
80,517(+0.65%) 450(+1.1%)
2021-02-23
81,009(+0.61%) 453(+0.67%)
2021-02-24
81,467(+0.57%) 457(+0.88%)
2021-02-25
81,933(+0.57%) 459(+0.44%)
2021-02-26
82,430(+0.61%) 464(+1.1%)
2021-02-27
82,890(+0.56%) 464(=)
2021-02-28
83,242(+0.42%) 471(+1.5%)
2021-03-01
83,552(+0.37%) 476(+1.1%)
2021-03-02
83,870(+0.38%) 483(+1.5%)
2021-03-03
84,226(+0.42%) 484(+0.21%)
2021-03-04
84,610(+0.46%) 489(+1%)
2021-03-05
84,960(+0.41%) 493(+0.82%)
2021-03-06
85,336(+0.44%) 493(=)
2021-03-07
85,695(+0.42%) 502(+1.8%)
2021-03-08
86,039(+0.4%) 502(=)
2021-03-09
86,343(+0.35%) 511(+1.8%)
2021-03-10
86,685(+0.4%) 511(=)
2021-03-11
86,989(+0.35%) 520(+1.8%)
2021-03-12
87,286(+0.34%) 525(+0.96%)
2021-03-13
87,600(+0.36%) 526(+0.19%)
2021-03-14
87,907(+0.35%) 527(+0.19%)
2021-03-15
88,238(+0.38%) 532(+0.95%)
2021-03-16
88,524(+0.32%) 534(+0.38%)
2021-03-17
88,862(+0.38%) 537(+0.56%)
2021-03-18
89,175(+0.35%) 538(+0.19%)
2021-03-19
89,497(+0.36%) 544(+1.1%)
2021-03-20
89,846(+0.39%) 545(+0.18%)
2021-03-21
90,200(+0.39%) 546(+0.18%)
2021-03-22
90,514(+0.35%) 551(+0.92%)
2021-03-23
90,765(+0.28%) 552(+0.18%)
2021-03-24
91,018(+0.28%) 554(+0.36%)
2021-03-25
91,289(+0.3%) 557(+0.54%)
2021-03-26
91,561(+0.3%) 558(+0.18%)
2021-03-27
91,839(+0.3%) 559(+0.18%)
2021-03-28
92,088(+0.27%) 561(+0.36%)
2021-03-29
92,303(+0.23%) 566(+0.89%)
2021-03-30
92,442(+0.15%) 566(=)
2021-03-31
92,706(+0.29%) 568(+0.35%)
2021-04-01
92,917(+0.23%) 571(+0.53%)
2021-04-02
93,128(+0.23%) 575(+0.7%)
2021-04-03
93,295(+0.18%) 579(+0.7%)
2021-04-04
93,436(+0.15%) 581(+0.35%)
2021-04-05
93,595(+0.17%) 586(+0.86%)
2021-04-06
93,772(+0.19%) 588(+0.34%)
2021-04-07
93,993(+0.24%) 591(+0.51%)
2021-04-08
94,336(+0.36%) 593(+0.34%)
2021-04-09
94,564(+0.24%) 595(+0.34%)
2021-04-10
94,848(+0.3%) 596(+0.17%)
2021-04-11
95,131(+0.3%) 598(+0.34%)
2021-04-12
95,394(+0.28%) 602(+0.67%)
2021-04-13
95,620(+0.24%) 602(=)
2021-04-14
95,737(+0.12%) 604(+0.33%)
2021-04-15
95,949(+0.22%) 608(+0.66%)
2021-04-16
96,186(+0.25%) 615(+1.2%)
2021-04-17
96,439(+0.26%) 617(+0.33%)
2021-04-18
96,796(+0.37%) 618(+0.16%)
2021-04-19
97,105(+0.32%) 620(+0.32%)
2021-04-20
97,472(+0.38%) 625(+0.81%)
2021-04-21
98,050(+0.59%) 630(+0.8%)
2021-04-22
98,722(+0.69%) 634(+0.63%)
2021-04-23
99,691(+0.98%) 638(+0.63%)
2021-04-24
100,586(+0.9%) 642(+0.63%)
2021-04-25
101,379(+0.79%) 644(+0.31%)
2021-04-26
102,376(+0.98%) 647(+0.47%)
2021-04-27
103,487(+1.1%) 655(+1.2%)
2021-04-28
104,953(+1.4%) 661(+0.92%)
2021-04-29
106,484(+1.5%) 667(+0.91%)
2021-04-30
108,146(+1.6%) 678(+1.6%)
2021-05-01
109,862(+1.6%) 687(+1.3%)
2021-05-02
111,753(+1.7%) 696(+1.3%)
2021-05-03
113,676(+1.7%) 709(+1.9%)
2021-05-04
115,590(+1.7%) 720(+1.6%)
2021-05-05
117,529(+1.7%) 734(+1.9%)
2021-05-06
119,424(+1.6%) 745(+1.5%)
Sources:

Notes:

Background

On 12 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019.[20][21]

Unlike SARS of 2003, the case fatality ratio for COVID-19[22][23] has been much lower, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[24][22] Quarantine Law in Sri Lanka is governed by the Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance No 3 of 1897 and has 12 sections.[25]

Timeline

First wave (Until October 2020)

27 January – 9 March 2020

Prior to 27 January, the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka had instructed the Quarantine Unit at Bandaranaike International Airport to screen passengers for symptoms. Additionally, the ministry warned that infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who suffer from chronic diseases among other issues should avoid visiting crowded places when possible.[26] A 22-member National Action Committee has been set up by the ministry to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Sri Lanka.[27] The Department of Immigration and Emigration also informed all construction sites with Chinese resident visa holders to restrict their Chinese employees to their respective workplaces and lodgings.[28]

On 27 January, the first confirmed case of the virus was reported in Sri Lanka, a 44-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province in China; she was admitted to the National Institute of Infection Diseases.[3] She had arrived as a tourist with another group of travellers and had been screened at the Bandaranaike International Airport after having a high fever. She had fully recovered and was released from the hospital on 19 February.[29]

Following the first reported case of coronavirus in Sri Lanka on 27 January, demand for face masks in the country soared and the country began to face a mask shortage.[30] Some pharmacies in the country had sold all face masks and there were reports from customers that face masks were being sold at over ten to twenty times the original price.[30] As a result, the country's drug regulatory agency placed price controls on face masks.[30][needs update] 33 Sri Lankan students and families were evacuated from Wuhan on 1 February and kept under Quarantine at a Military facility at Diyatalawa.[31] They were released after two weeks quarantine period on 14 February.[32]

Since the first week of March, passengers coming from Italy, Iran, or South Korea have been required to be quarantined for two weeks at one of two facilities. On 10 March 186 people (164 Sri Lankan nationals, 20 Italian nationals, and 2 South Korean nationals) were placed under quarantine in Batticaloa.[33] On 10 March 2020, 2 Sri Lankan origins living in the United Arab Emirates reported with coronavirus cases were identified.[citation needed]

10–23 March 2020

On 10 March, the first Sri Lankan local national tested positive for COVID-19.[34] A 52-year-old tour guide working with a group of Italians had tested positive and was brought to the Infectious Disease Hospital in Angoda for treatment.[35] Twenty-nine patients were under observation in government hospitals, including eight foreigners.[36] Following the new developments, the country suspended on arrival visa for tourists on 11 March [37][38]

On 12 March, another Sri Lankan person confirmed positive for COVID-19.[39] A 44 years old person, who had reportedly stayed with the first Sri Lankan patient diagnosed with the virus who is currently admitted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Angoda, has also now tested positive for coronavirus.[40]

On 13 March, three more confirmed Coronavirus patients identified in Sri Lanka. One of these patients is a 41-year-old Sri Lankan male who had arrived from Germany. He has been admitted to the Infectious Disease Hospital, Angoda. The other two patients are from the group of people who had been quarantined at the facility in Kandakadu. One of them is a 37-year-old who had arrived from Italy and was placed under quarantine at Kandakadu upon arriving in the country. He is currently being treated at the Polonnaruwa Hospital, Polonnaruwa. The other is a 43-year-old male who had also arrived from Italy. He is being treated at Infectious Disease Hospital, Angoda.[41]

On 14 March, five more confirmed coronavirus patients were identified in Sri Lanka. One of the patients is a 44-year-old who was quarantined in the Kandakadu quarantine camp and is now being treated at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital. Another patient is 43-year-old from the Nattandiya area and is being treated at the Kurunegala General Hospital. The other patient is a 42-year-old male who was also quarantined in the Kandakadu quarantine camp and is now being treated at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital. All three of these patients have returned to Sri Lanka from Italy recently.[42] Another two more confirmed coronavirus patients were identified in Sri Lanka. While one of them is a 56-year-old female who returned from Italy, the other patient is a 17-year-old girl who is a relative of an already confirmed COVID-19 case. It was also reported that one of the co-pilots of the Sri Lankan Airlines who was infected with the coronavirus attended the annual Royal–Thomian Big Match between S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia and the Royal College, Colombo which held from 12 March to 14 March.[43]

On 15 March, 7 more new confirmed cases were reported taking the overall tally to 18 and the surge of new cases cautioned government to declare 16 March a public holiday but later it extended the holiday until Thursday, 19 March.[44] On 16 March, 10 more cases were reported, taking the tally to 28.[45][46] On 17 March, another 15 more cases were reported taking the tally to 43.[47] On 17 March, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kamal Gunaratne revealed that around 170 passengers who returned from Italy and South Korea had neglected the quarantine procedure.[48]

On 18 March, second patient was identified to be fully recovered from the infection and on the same day another seven cases was reported taking the tally to 50.[49] On 19 March, nine more cases were identified taking the tally to 59. One of the patients a man from Ja-Ela admitted himself to the Ragama Hospital for chest pains and continuously lied about his travel history. After the tests were done the patient came positive for COVID-19. The patient was removed to the isolated ward but not before exposing staff, patients and others to the virus. As a result, the entire hospital ward had to be closed down and the staff were quarantined.[50][51][52] On 20 March, eleven more cases were reported taking the tally to 70. Most of the confirmed cases are reported from Gampaha district with 18, 17 from Colombo and 12 from Puttalam.[53] On 21 March, six more cases were confirmed taking the tally to 77.[54] An Army officer who was engaged in escorting Sri Lankans to quarantine centres also contracted with Coronavirus.[54]

On 22 March, the first confirmed coronavirus case was reported in Jaffna and the patient is believed to have maintained close relationships with the senior pastor who was tested positive for COVID-19.[55] Five more cases were reported on 22 March taking the tally to 82.[56] On 23 March, five more cases were reported taking the tally to 87.[57] On 23 March, country's first locally identified person infected with the coronavirus has been discharged from the hospital after showing improvement during recovery.[58]

24 March 2020 – 3 April 2020

On 24 March, assistant of the church pastor was reported to have been tested positive for COVID-19.[59] A father-son duo who attended the Friday Jummah prayers on 20 March at the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque which is also known as the Red Mosque have also been tested positive for COVID-19. Six more cases were reported on 25 March taking the tally to 106. However, no new confirmed cases were reported in the country on 26 March and 27 March according to the Army General Shavendra Silva.[60]

On 26 March, a recent returnee from abroad who is a resident of Atalugama in Bandaragama contracted COVID-19. He has associated with 26 persons of the village.[61] Therefore, the village declared lockdown and 20 persons will be quarantined for 14 days. On the next day, father and sister of the Atalugama corona patient also hospitalised after displayed COVID-19 symptoms. They were admitted to the Kalutara Nagoda Hospital.[62] On 28 March, first corona patient was identified from Akurana, Kandy district. A person recently had come from Chennai, India diagnosed with COVID-19.[63] With the diagnosis, Akurana was immediately declared lockdown by the government. Currently, three villages have been sealed off; Bandaragama-Atalugama, Kandy-Akurana and Puttalam-Kadayamkulam.[64]

On 27 March, the first Sri Lankan national, Sathasivam Loganathan, a 59-year-old Tamil from Punkuduthivu, Jaffna, died from COVID-19.[65] On 29 March, two more Sri Lankan nationals died from COVID-19 resided in England: Henry Jayawardena (aged 70), a retired doctor, and Lakshan Wijeratne (aged 55), were treated in ICUs in the UK.[66]

On 28 March, the first COVID-19 patient died in Sri Lanka.[67] A 60-year-old patient, from Marawila, who also had a kidney transplant and had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.[68] The body was cremated within 15 hours. On 30 March, the second death from COVID-19, a 60-year-old man from Negombo, was reported.[69] Five more cases were reported, including a four-month-old baby on 30 March, bringing the total to 122.[70]

On 30 March five villages in Beruwala with a total population over 100 were quarantined after an airport driver who was infected by the virus intentionally hid his status and went into hiding until neighbours complained to the police.[71]

On 31 March, 21 more patients confirmed COVID-19, which is currently the highest single-day increase. Most of them were relatives of previously confirmed Corona patients. The total patients rises to 142. On 1 April, five patients from Kurunegala, Jaffna and Maradana confirmed COVID-19 increasing total up to 147. On the same day, four patients recovered from the disease by increasing recovered total into 21. Further 173 more people are under observation at National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH).[72][73] Later in the night, a 72-year-old COVID-19 infected patient died at the IDH, Angoda increasing death toll into 3. He was a resident of the Maradana.[74][75]

On 2 April, three more COVID-19 cases reported positive increasing total into 151. Later in the night, 58-year-old patient at IDH died from COVID-19 complications by increasing death toll to 4.[76] On 3 April, 8 more COVID-19 patients identified and total increased up to 159.[citation needed]

4 April 2020 – 15 April 2020

On 4 April, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe confirmed the death of a fifth patient with the COVID-19. A 44 years old male arrived from Italy who was treated at the Welikanda Hospital in Polonnaruwa died from the complications of COVID-19, even though he had no other ailments. The body was cremated in the afternoon.[77][78] On the same day, seven more patients confirmed COVID-19 and tally rises to 162 with 25 discharged persons.[79] One of the infected woman from Beruwala was pregnant and she gave birth without complications. However, she entered the maternity clinic of the hospital with no symptoms and false address.[80]

On 4 April, Anton Sebastianpillai, a renowned Sri Lankan born British geriatrician and author lived in England died after testing positive for COVID-19.[81]

On 5 April, 10 COVID-19 cases reported and on next day, 2 more cases were reported by increasing patients up to 178.[82][83] On 7 April, an 80-year-old male from Dehiwala died as the sixth person from COVID-19.[84] On the same day, 7 more patients confirmed the disease and total increased up to 185. On 8 April, four patients confirmed COVID-19 by increasing total up to 189.[85] On the same day, seventh death was recorded, a 48-year-old male from Ratnapura, who was a gem businessman returned after a tour to Germany.[86] On 9 April, one COVID-19 patient and on 10 April, seven patients identified by increasing total to 197.[87]

On 11 April, 2 patients recorded where total number passed 201. Then it increased further with 11 more cases on 12 April.[88] On 13 April, eight COVID-19 cases were reported and total increased up to 218 with 147 active cases.[89] On 14 April coinciding with Sinhala and Tamil new year, 15 cases of COVID-19 positive patients reported to increase the total to 233.[90][91] On 15 April, 5 cases were reported and total rise up to 238.[citation needed]

17 April 2020 – 30 April 2020

On 17 April, 7 cases were reported.[92] On 18 April, 10 cases were reported and on 19 April, 17 cases were reported from Keselwatte, Colombo. The total increased up to 271 with 91 recovered cases.[93][94]

On 20 April, 33 persons from Colombo confirmed COVID-19 by increasing total up to 303.[95] This was the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day recorded from Sri Lanka until 26 April.[96] On 21 April, 6 persons confirmed COVID-19. On 22 April, a new case from Polonnaruwa district, a Navy sailor attached to the Welisara Navy Camp tested positive for COVID-19 as well as 19 more cases on the same day.[97] On 23 April, 38 persons confirmed COVID-19 by increasing total to 368. Out of 38 positive cases, 30 were from sailors from Welisara Navy camp involved in moving into quarantine the group of people who tested positive for the coronavirus from the Suduwella area in Ja-Ela.[98] On 24 April, 52 persons confirmed COVID-19 by increasing total up to 420. This is the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day.[99][100] The 415th positive patient was a pregnant lady at the De Soysa Hospital, Colombo 8. However, she suffered a miscarriage during parturition.[101] Over 60 navy personals were tested positive in 2 days. These officers have been in duty on Ja-Ela when they were exposed.[102]

On 25 April, 40 persons tested positive for COVID-19.[103] On 26 April, 62 confirmed cases were reported, including most cases from Navy Base.[104] On 27 April, 65 positive cases were identified where the total increases up to 588. It took only 2 days to record COVID-19 patients from 400 to 500.[105][106] On 28 April, 31 more patients identified as COVID-19 cases. The total rises up to 619.[107] On 29 April, 30 cases were reported and total increases to 649.[108] On 30 April, 16 cases identified.[109]

On 30 April, British government announced that, brother of popular veteran actress Malini Fonseka has died from COVID-19 complication. Upali Fonseka, brother of Malini and father of popular actress Senali Fonseka died at the age of 68 who worked in England.[110]

1 May 2020 – 21 May 2020

On May Day, 25 cases were identified.[111] On 2 May, 700th COVID-19 patient was identified with 14 more patients.[112] The total increases up to 705 with 182 recovered cases.[113] On 3 May, 13 COVID-19 cases were reported.[114] On 4 May, Sri Lanka reported 8th COVID-19 death and first female death while receiving treatment at the Homagama Hospital, a 72 old woman from Polpithigama in Kurunegala who suffered from kidney ailments for long time.[115] Meanwhile, 37 persons tested positive on the day.[116]

On 5 May, another woman died from COVID-19 complications, becoming the 9th death victim. She was 52-year-old from Modara, Colombo.[117] She was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital on 4th due to an illness.[118] On 5 May, 16 patients confirmed the virus and total rises to 771.[119] On 6 May, 29 COVID-19 cases were identified, mostly from Sri Lanka Navy personnel and the total reache to 797.[120]

On Vesak poya day on 7 May, 800th COVID-19 patient was recorded including 27 patients.[121][122] On 8 May, 11 patients were identified and then 12 patients on 9 May increases total up to 847.[123][124][125] One of the passengers aboard the aircraft that returned, from Dubai on Thursday morning tested positive and was thereafter admitted to the Negombo General Hospital.[126] On 10 May, 16 COVID-19 patients were identified, in which 13 are from Sri Lanka Navy, one from navy relative and two from passengers returned from Dubai.[127]

On 11 May, only 6 people tested positive.[128] However, on 12 May, 20 people were identified with the disease where total increases up to 889.[129] On 13 May, the total exceeded 900 with 26 new COVID-19 cases.[130] On 14 May, 10 persons tested positive and total rises to 925.[131] On 15 May, 10 more cases were reported.[132] The total reaches 960 on 16 May with new cases from Navy camp and Quarantine centers.[133][134]

On 17 May, total rises to 981 with 21 confirmed cases.[135] On next day, it increases to 992 with 11 cases.[136] On 19 May, 35 people tested positive and total exceeded up to 1027.[137][138] On 20 May, only one COVID-19 patient was identified.[139] On 21 May, further 27 were tested positive and total increases to 1055.[140][141]

22 May 2020 – 4 June 2020

On 22 May, 13 cases tested positive and total becomes 1068.[142] The total increases to 1089 with 21 new patients identified where 19 of them were Sri Lanka Navy sailors, while the remainder were two Sri Lankans who returned from Dubai.[143] Until 24 May, Sri Lanka Army maintains 26 quarantine facilities, whereas, Sri Lanka Navy maintains 04 and Sri Lanka Air Force 03 quarantine centers island wide.[144]

On 24 May, 52 patients identified as positive cases and total increases to 1140.[145] On 25 May, further 41 COVID-19 cases were reported, all people returned from Kuwait.[146][147] On the same day, Dr. Anil Jasinghe confirmed Sri Lanka's 10th death due to COVID1-9, a 51-year-old woman, who returned from Kuwait and was undergoing quarantine in Trincomalee.[148] On 26 May, a record number of 137 people confirmed positive and total reached 1318.[149][150] The total rises to 1469 on next day, when 150 patients identified as COVID-19 positive.[151] On 28 May, 61 were tested positive and total is 1530.[152] On 29 May, 28 patients were identified to surpass the total to 1558.[153]

On 30 May, 62 were tested positive for COVID-19 and total rises to 1620.[154] On 31 May, 16 patients were identified,[155] whereas on 1 June, 10 patients were identified with 11th COVID-19 death, who was a 45 year old returnee from Kuwait.[156][157] Forty patients were identified on 2 June[158] whereas further 66 were identified on 3 June.[159] On 4 June, 48 were tested positive and total rises to 1797.[160]

4 June 2020 – 15 June 2020

Since 4 June, the rate of COVID patients characteristically reduced as 4 patients (5 June),[161] 12 patients (6 June),[162] 21 patients (7 June),[163] 22 patients (8 June),[164] 2 patients (9 June),[165] 10 patients (10 June)[166] and 8 patients (11 June).[167]

On 12 June, total reached 1880 with 3 more patients.[168] On 13 June, 3 patients[169] and on 14 June, 5 patients were identified.[170] Until 15 June, total reaches 1905 with 16 positive cases. However, all these cases were persons returned from other countries (614 cases) and Navy personnel (893 cases).[171]

16 June 2020 – 30 June 2020

In the next week, patients were reported in less numbers as, 10 patients (16 June),[172] 9 patients (17 June),[173] 23 patients (18 June),[174] 3 patients (19 June)[175] and 1 patient (22 June).[176]

On 23 June, 40 positive cases were detected.[177] On 24 June, only 10 cases were reported where total COVID cases reaches 2000.[178] The total rises gradually in following days as: 9 patients (25 June),[179] 4 patients (26 June),[180] 19 patients (27 June),[181] 4 patients (28 June),[182] 5 patients (29 June)[183] and 5 patients in 30 June. At the end of June 2020, a total of 2047 patients were identified with 1748 recovered cases.[184]

1 July 2020 – 3 October 2020

On 1 July, 7 patients were recorded[185] whereas 12 cases were reported on next day from quarantine centres.[186] The new cases were reported daily only from quarantine centres in the coming five days as; 3 patients (3 July),[187] 5 patients (4 July),[188] 2 patients (5 July),[189] and 1 patient on 6 July.[190]

On 7 July, a new case was recorded from Welikada Prison, where an inmate had been transferred from the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in East Kandakadu for those addicted to drugs and controlled substances, to the prison on 27 June.[191][192] Meanwhile, over 177 people who contacted the positive inmate were subjected for the PCR tests.[193]

On 8 July, 13 patients returned from overseas were recorded positive and the total reached 2094 with 1979 recovered cases.[194] On 9 July 2020, a record total of 253 inmates at Kandakadu Treatment & Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for COVID-19.[195][196]

On 10 July 2020, a total of 283 people from the Kandakadu Treatment & Rehabilitation Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the next cluster in Sri Lanka.[197][198] This included 90 new cases from Kandakadu and 14 outside cases. The cluster includes a female counselor who was leave from the T&R Center and living with her parents in Nattandiya, Marawila.[199]

On 11 July, another Counsellor attached to the Kandakadu Center tested positive along with his two children aged 11 and 1 /12 years old.[200]

Second wave (4 October – present)

4 October 2020 – 19 October 2020

On 4 October, five months after the first patient was discovered in the community,[201] Minuwangoda and Divulapitiya cluster begin since 23 September.[202] Governments were releuctant to enforce another lockdown for fear of driving businesses out of business and their employees out of livelihood.[203]

Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said, On 8 October onward 67 Sri Lankan migrant workers died from COVID-19. The deaths were reported from mostly Middle East countries. More than 2600 Middle East workers have tested positive for COVID-19 virus.[204] Government said, weekly 'Public Day' closed on 5 October.[205] Brandix Minuwangoda textile factory where COVID-19 patient found. Patient's families sent to IDH hospital.[206] Three major institutes closed. University Grants Commission announced Kelaniya University, Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute and Naiwala Advanced Technological Institute closed for one week.[207] Police curfew has been imposed in Divulapitya and Minuwagoda until further notice, Sri Lanka police said. First patient direct contacts 40 persons sent quarantined.[208] On 12 October 2020, Hela Clothing group, said an employee had tested positive at its Thihariya plant. The plant was closed.[209] Later, Gampaha district lockdown announced to remain for a few more days.[210] On 12 October, a total of 90 new COVID-19 cases were reported as of 7:00 pm, which brought the total cases in the Minuwangoda cluster to 1397.[211] "Questions are being raised if we have the facilities to quarantine more people. If the need arises we have the facilities in place to quarantine more people," Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.[210] At the same time, an employee fo South Asian Textiles garment factory tested positive for corona virus and other employees tested negative.[212] On 12 October 2020, 12 Lanka Electricity Company employees infected with SARS-CoV-2. They worked at the Kandana branch.[213] Meanwhile, 120 people arrested for curfew violation in lockdown areas.[214] On 13 October total cases in the Minuwangoda cluster rose to 1446.[215]

On 18 October 2020, four monks of the Ovitigala Temple in Matugama, Kalutara District tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to Matugama Medical Officer P D Lionel.[216] Then a nurse tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus who is working at the Hirdaramani apparel factory in Kahathuduwa. She has been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.[217] All passengers departing Sri Lanka asked to undergo PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus within 72 hours of their departure time, Civil Aviation Authority announced.[218] A payment of Rs 5,000 will be made t an affected family in the Gampaha District curfew areas, Minister of Finance Mahinda Rajapaksa said.[219]

On 19 October 2020, Negombo shopping complex closed after positive COVID-19 patient. A clothing store owner's wife tested positive. They attended a wedding ceremony in Divulapitiya.[220] Later, 50 dockyard employees quarantine dafter five staff member tested positive for coronavirus.[221] Then, further 212 Katunayake Investment Zone employees tested positive for coronavirus, Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors' Union said as well as two families of a Police Sargent attached to the Police Post in Armor Street, Colombo. Activities of the Police Post were suspended for several hours.[221] A close contact of a COVID-19 patient from the Minuwangoda, resident in Ruwanwella and send to self quarantine.[221] A conductor of a bus operating from the Point Pedro depot tested positive for coronavirus.[221]

20 October 2020 – 31 October 2020

On 20 October 2020, Special Investigation Unit Police Inspector tested positive for Coronavirus.[222] Curfew imposed in Kuliyapitiya police area.[223] Vehicles travelling on Colombo to Kandy not allowed to stop in curfew areas, Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.[224] Meanwhile, 30 families sent to quarantine, who are the residents of Elabadagama, Pannala, Kurunegala District. The Pannala public health inspector said, a woman from Pannala who attended a wedding in Divulapitiya has tested positive several days after.[225] Total COVID-19 recoveries increased to 3,644, the Health Ministry said.[226] Quarantine curfew imposed for Kuliyapitiya, Pannala, Giriulla, Narammala and Dummalasuriya confirmed by the Government Information Department.[227]

On 21 October 2020, Fort Police station re-opened after few days.[228] A family tested positive COVID-19. They living at the Cinnamon Garden Residences in Ward Place, Colombo 7.[229] Sri Lankan Army build Kandakadu special hospital with more than 400 beds.[230] Meanwhile, Peliyagoda Fish Market immediately closed after several COVID-19 cases report.[231]

On 22 October 2020, four police officers tested positive COVID-19 at Bambalapitiya Police Station. They sent to self-quarantine. These officers served at Peliyagoda Fish Market.[232] Curfew imposed for Kotahena , Mattakuliya, Modara, Wellampitiya, Bloemendhal and Grandpass police areas, said the Army Commander.[233] Five areas in Kalutara District named as isolated areas. It included Agalawatta, Gorakgoda, Beragoda, Dapiligoda, Kekulandara North.[234] Later, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samaraweera announced that 13 Districts are affected by Coronavirus second wave with a high possibility of spreading into other 12 district.[235] Fruther PCR tested all main fisheries harbours including Beruwala, Galle, Ambalangoda and Tincomalee harbours.[236] After several months first death reported. A 50 years old COVID-19 patient died at IDH hospital who were tested COVID-19 on 14 October at Kuliyapitiya.[237] Meanwhile, 50 new cases were reported from Minuwangoda cluster, 22 cases are Katunayaka Trade Zone. Six cases are Peliyagoada Fish Market and 22 cases are direct contacts of Minuwangoda cluster. Then, Dehiwala central market closed for unknown reasons.

On 23 October 2020, 609 new COVID-19 cases were reported, became the highest daily cases record in Sri Lanka to date. It included cases from 48 Quarantine Centres, 496 Peliyagoda Fish Market, 5 Galle Harbour, 20 Beruwala Harbour and 40 Close contacts for Minuwangoda cluster. With that, the total raised up total cases 6,896.[238] Meanwhile, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that 30 hospitals and 3,500 beds allocated for COVID-19 treatments.[239] Government Medical Officers' Association said, people should go for immediate zonal lock down after identifying COVID-19 virus spreading areas because virus spread speed was higher than previous wave.[240] Government Information said, quarantine curfew or lockdown extended to other areas. But still 44 police areas under the quarantine curfew.[241] Later, 45 Colombo port custom officers send to quarantined followed by further 200 workers were directed to PCR tests and 45 tested positive COVID-19.[242]

On the same day, a record of more than 400,000 PCR tests carried out, even though it is lower than other Asian countries.[243] Meanwhile, a COVID-19 patient escape and few hours after capture by Borella police and was later apprehended from Borella.[244] Then Beruwala harbour closed after reported COVID-19 case where 10 out of 16 PCR tested positive COVID-19.[245] Fish markets and fisheries harbours closed islandwide due to Peliyagoda cluster.[246] At the end of the day, COVID-19 cases rose up to 850.[247] On 24 October 2020 GMOA informed that it might spread from community.[248] Then, quarantine curfew was imposed for Maradana and Dematagoda areas which effected until 26 October.[249] On the same day, 71 people were arrested,[249] and a man from Kandakkuliya, Kalpitiya died at the Kalpitiya hospital while waiting to PCR test.[250] Up to 40,000 currently under quarantine. 33,000 individuals are observed by PHIs. 7,128 persons are quarantined in 73 deferent quarantine centres.[251] Meanwhile, Nugegoda weekly fair was temporarily closed due to one person tested positive COVID-19.[252]

During this period, WHO had informed the Health Ministry that vaccine approved by the WHO may be available for COVID-19 shortly and the ministry was preparing for that, Health Minister said.[253] Then an army captain from Batalanda Army Camp tested positive COVID-19 after his visit to Peliyagoda Fish Market recently to buy fish.[254] Then, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy has been restricted for residents of areas that are under curfew, temple officials said. Visitors must carry their valid National Identity Card or Vehicle License Card and wear a face mask and stay at least 1m away from other people.[255] Quarantine curfew was imposed for Gothatuwa and Mulleriyawa from 7pm.[256] An staff member of Shangri-la hotel, Colombo tested positive COVID-19.[257] Another 5 Star hotel staff member worked in Hilton Hotel, Colombo tested positive COVID-19.[258] Meanwhile, a 56 year old COVID-19 patient died in Kuliyapitiya Hospital who was a resident of Unaleeya, Kuliyapitiya.[259] Colombo Manning Market will remain closed till November.[260] Hilton hotel and Galle Face Hotel temporarily closed due to employees tested positive COVID-19.[261]

On 25 October 2020, curfew imposed in Fort, Pettah, Borella and Welikada police areas effected from 6:00 p.m.[262] Total Minuwangoda cases increased to more than 4,000[263] Special police team deployed to arrest curfew violators, Police said.[264] Meanwhile, a 70-year-old man died reported as 16th COVID-19 death.[265] On 26 October 2020, the total number of COVID-19 cases increase to 7,521.[266] Non-admission of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to hospitals for indoor treatment will be the option of the caseload increases exponentially according to Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara.[267] Then, 10 more Police Special Task Force officers tested positive where they contracted the virus at the Peliyagoda Fish Market.[268] In the meantime, fishermen island-wide complained over stocks can't sell due to closed all fisheries harbors.[269] On 27 October 2020, three more deaths were recorded due to SARS-CoV-2 virus becoming the highest death toll recorded in a single day in the island.[270] Then, curfew imposed another areas including: Homagama, Moratuwa, Panadura North and Panadura South police areas.[271][272]

On 28 October 2020, quarantine curfew imposed in Western Province from 29 October to 2 November.[273] Government announced to all passengers to note down the bus number.[274] Fifteen Police officers tested positive COVID-19 in the Western Province.: 96 Police officers have been sent to quarantine centers and 708 Police officers have been placed under self quarantine.[275] On 29 October 2020, two employees from Elephant House Head Office tested positive.[276] Meanwhile, isloation of villages in Kalutara district lifted except one village,[277] and closed Nuwara Eliya District after 30 people recorded with positive COVID-19 cases.[278] Parliament weekly meeting postponed to until 3 November due to pandemic[279] and government announced that the Highway will be only used by essential services.[280] On the same day, Dr. Hemantha Herath warned people leaving the Colombo District.[281]

On 30 October 2020, Western Province Police operation to detect those who traveled out of Western Province.[282] Up to 300 police officers have been placed in quarantine centers.[283] Government offices in Western Province were switch to remote based work system at home.[284] Then, Wilgoda police area in Kurunegala District isolated due to COVID-19 cases.[285] According to the Export Development Board, garment factories are continued to operate with closed.[286] Total island wide COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 mark.[287]

On 31 October, about 12,000 PCR tests were conducted, the highest in a single day as well as the total more than 500,000 PCR tested island wide.[288] Meanwhile, Seven Borella police officers tested positive for COVID-19.[289]

1 November 2020 – 7 November 2020

On 1 November 2020, quarantine curfew re-imposed for Western Province, Kurunegala Municipal council area, Ratapura village and Kuliyapitiya police division.[290] Also, the 21st COVID-19 death was reported: a 40 years old man died reviving treatment at the National Hospital, Colombo.[291] On 2 November 2020, 27-year-old man committed suicide later reveled as COVID-19 positive. Finally suicide victim was added to COVID-19 death troll.[292] Then, 8 Borella Police officers tested positive COVID-19.[293] On 3 November 2020, 22nd COVID-19 death was reported: a 68 years old woman from the Colombo.[294] Meanwhile, up to 62,000 released after completing quarantine.[295] On the same day, Isurupaya Education head office closed following detection of corona virus cases.[296]

On 4 November 2020, 24th COVID-19 death reported, a 79 years old female, who died at her residence in Colombo 13.[297] Government announced that, Rs. 7.3 billion spend in October for COVID-19 relief purposes.[298] Meanwhile, total recovered and discharged number rose to 5,858.[299] On 5 November 2020, six prison officers tested positive for corona virus.[300] Later, 5 more deaths were reported with death count rises to 29.[301] On 6 November 2020, 75 customs officers under quarantine, after 8 tested positive.[302] With that, total SARS-CoV-2 virus infected cases rises to 12,570.[303] However, after further 139 curfew violators were arrested by the police, total rises to 2,532.[304]

On 7 November 2020, seven more prisoners were tested positive SARS-CoV-2 virus from Bogambara prison.[305] After rapid spread of second wave, the Health Ministry issued new COVID-19 health guidelines.[306] In the meantime, further 537 COVID-19 patients were discharged.[307] On 8 November 2020, more 235 Western Province police officers tested positive COVID-19,[308] as well as 35th COVID-19 death was reported.[309]

1 January 2021 – present

On 22 January 2021, Sri Lanka's National Medical Regulatory Authority announced that it had approved the Oxford–Astra-Zeneca vaccine.[310]

Clusters

Welisara Navy Camp cluster

After identifying COVID-19 positive patient from Polonnaruwa, who is a sailor from Welisara Navy camp, the camp was quarantined with immediate effect. Around 4000 people at the Navy Camp which include sailors and their families, were quarantined within the camp.[311] Many sailors were on leave when contracted the disease.[312] On 23 April, 30 sailors were tested positive which raised to 58 on the next day.[99][98] Due to the spread, all sailors were recalled to the camp and transferred to Colombo for further tests. Those that had associated the sailors are under self quarantine. On 24 April, camp was declared an isolated area.[313][314] As of 28 April, 148 sailors from within the Welisara Naval Complex, 45 sailors on leave, and another 13 others who were contacts of those who were infected were reported.[315] According to Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe on 28 April, Welisara cluster includes 209 total number of people with 148 inside the camp and 45 outside it on leave.[316]

Kandakadu cluster

First case report Welikada Prison, on 7 July he positive.[191] Who was sent to the Welikada Prison on 27 June. With another COVID-19 cluster activated from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre since 7 July. Recording the highest number of cases on a single day which reached 300 on 10 July. In addition, two patients from Welikanda, five from Rajanganaya, and one each from Habaraduwa and Lankapura were identified. These cases were also confirmed to be close associates of the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre's inmates who had contracted the disease. Thereby, 57 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected on 11 July. On 14 July 2020 506 new COVID-19 cases were detected.[199] Kandakadu cluster's number of COVID-19 positive patients rises to 560 on 20 June. 451 detainees, 63 staff members, 5 invited staff at the Kandakadu Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, while 41 close contacts are also infected with the virus.[317]

Minuwangoda and Divulapitiya cluster

After several months since a COVID-19 on 4 October 2020 an infected patient was discovered in the community, a 39-year-old woman employed in an apparel manufacturing facility tested positive for SARS CoV-2 in Gampaha. It was revealed that she was working in the Brandix garment factory in Minuwangoda.[201] Brandix, one of Sri Lanka's largest garment factory and main exporters, company exported 200 million three-ply surgucal face masks to a US clients according to the yahoo! news.[318] 45 of her close contacts have been quarantined. Subsequently, a police curfew assisted by the army was imposed Minuwangoda and Divulapitya.[319] On 4 October total new infections rose to 101 due to the number of infections reported from the Minuwangoda appareal factory.[320] On the same day the Ministry of Education announced that it is considering whether to hold or postpone the upcoming Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the G.C.E. Advanced Level examinations scheduled to start on 11 and 12 October.[321] PCR tests were conducted on over 2,000 employees of the garment factory.[322] On 5 October over 1,300 students and teachers of the Sri Guanawasa Maha Vidyalaya in Divulapiya were quarantined.[323][324] On 6 October, holding a press conference Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt. General Shavendra Silva stated that the total number of cases from the Brandix cluster reached 706[325][326] In the Gampaha district, 11 police area were put under curfew after 100 cases were reported.[327] On 7 October new reports stated that 1026 garment factory workers tested positive for the virus. As at 4:00 pm on 7 October the total number of confirmed cases stand at 4,448.[328] Another COVID-19 patient was found in another Brandix garment factory in Welisara.[329] Also, on 7 October the Ministry of Education announced that the Scholarship and Advanced Level will not be postponed.[330] On 8 October at 6:30 pm onward Government said total number of confirmed cases rose to 4,469. (Minuwangoda garment factory cluster number of cases up to 1,044)[331] New COVID-19 cases reported another 16 districts On 8 October.[332] On 9 October at 10:00 pm Government Information Department said, Minuwangoda cluster increased to 1,053 COVID-19 cases.[333] On 10 October at 10:00 p.m. COVID-19 island wide total cases reached 4,626.[334] 11 October 2020, 121 new cases are from the Minuwangoda and Divulapitya cluster, 1,307 total COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Minuwangoda- Divulapitya cluster.[335] On 13 October 7 Brandix Kollupitya Head Office employees tested positive. Who were close contacts of Minuwangoda Brandix, Ceylon Medical Council source said.[336] 49 new garment employees tested positive COVID-19 on 13 October and total Minuwangoda cluster rose to 1,446.[215] Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said, 85% of the families of Brandix garment factory employees who tested positive for virus. They moved to 96 quarantine facilities with more than 10,000 people undergoing the quarantine process.[337]On 17 October Gampha District allowed to purchase groceries and medicine for a few hours.

Alleged Violation of Quarantine Protocol

On 7 October Opposition MPs Harsha de Silva and Manusha Nanayakkara inquired whether the new cluster emerged by the transmission of the virus from Indian nationals brought down by Brandix. Also stating that the chief of security of Brandix had gotten the Indian nationals out of the airport without being tested for COVID-19 and violating quarantine procedures.[338]

Brandix promptly issued an explanation stating that no parties from India had access to its Minuwangoda facility and no material from India was used in this facility. Brandix also went on to state that it chartered three flights from Visakhapatnam, India for its Sri Lankan employees working in India and their families and that they properly followed government-mandated protocol including PCR testing and 14-day quarantine at a government-regulated quarantine facility.[339][340][341]

University cases

The Bambalapitiya branch of the privet university called ICBT Campus also became a COVID-19 hotspot as one of the students of the college who visited the campus on 4 October 2020 has been tested positive for COVID-19.[342][343]

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura 3rd Year Management Faculty a female student tests positive COVID-19 on 10 October. The University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sudantha Liyanage said 50 students of the Management Faculty, were placed under self-isolation. She resident of Panadura and her mother was a nurse attached to the ICU of the Panadura General Hospital. Panadura General Hospital said immediately closed ICU and 20 ICU crew members were submitted to PCR tests.[344] On Monday, 12 October 2020 another two students positive after 2 days.[345]

On 11 October 2020, a reported new COVID-19 case involved a female student of University of Kelaniya's Social Science Faculty.[346] In the University of Ruhuna, a student's father tested for COVID-19 on 12 October. The student and her roommate were quarantined.[347]

Colombo National Hospital

On 10 October 2020, Colombo National Hospital announced that three minor staff had tested positive for COVID-19. Two wards were temporarily closed.[348]

Katunayaka Investment Zone

On 12 October 2020, seven people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Katunayaka Investment Zone, bringing the total number of cases there to 25.[349] Later, on 13 October, 42 more employees tested positive for COVID-19 and the Katunayaka Investment Zone cluster rose to 102 total cases.[350]

Peliyagoda Fish Market cluster

On 21 October, several new cases reported at the Peliyagoda fish market.[351] The first recorded patient lived in Dompe. After a few hours, the fish market closed and made all the workers self-quarantine, with 105 individuals being subjected to PCR tests.[352]

496 new cases were reported on 23 October.[238] 20 harbour workers at the Beruwala fisheries tested positive for COVID-19, due to close contact with the Peliyagoda cluster.[353] Some time later, all major fisheries were closed.[238] 535 patients were reported at the Peliyagoda fish market with 217 close contacts.[247]

Other

Mannar

On 11 October at 4.00p.m, Sri Lankan Army Commander said that the two villages Periakadei and Pattithottam villages in Mannar district were isolated due to five persons being found positive from this area.[354]

Lanka Electricity Company

Ja-Ela public inspector said, 12 employees of the Kandana Lanka Electricity Company positive for COVID-19 On 12 October afternoon.[355]

Katunayaka Airport

Sri Lankan Airlines confirmed media reports a cargo operate employee tested positive for the COVID-19. He worked in Bandaranaike International Airport. This case reported on 12 October.[356]

Bank of Ceylon

On 13 October 2020, Bank of Ceylon Ratmalana branch an employee's husband tested positive for COVID-19, Colombo Regional Epidemiologist Dr. Dinuka Guruge said.[336]

Sri Lankan Navy second wave

Two Sri Lankan Navy officers have tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 October. They send to National Operation Center.[357]

Response

Sri Lankan government has requested the general public to practice proper hygiene methods and self quarantine methods to safeguard from the disease.[358]

On 14 March, the Sri Lankan government declared 16 March 2020, as a national public holiday to contain the coronavirus spreading in the country.[359][360][361]

On 15 March, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa proposed plans to combat coronavirus to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation leaders during a video press conference arranged by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[362] Sri Lankan President directed the authorities to implement proper quarantine centres to examine the foreigners and ordered relevant authorities to provide necessary essential services to the general public via internet.[363]

On 16 March, the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to extend the Public holiday to 1 week, and close all ports of entry to the country.[364] The government extended the public holidays to three days from 17 March to 19 March due to increase in new cases except for health, banking, food supply and transportation.[365][366]

On 17 March 2020, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka has not reached full-time quarantine level and criticized the comparisons regarding the country's situation with lockdown in Italy which was urged by Sri Lankan general public in the social media.[367] President also ordered the banking sector to not overburden the coronavirus hit business sector which are unable to repay the loan and ordered the banking sector to further extend the payback period to another six months.[368]

Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed that around 24 hospitals are available ready to tackle the coronavirus emergency.[369]

On 19 March, the government decided to further extend the public holidays for 8 days from 20 March to 27 March to both private and public sectors as a remedy to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The government urged the public to work at home and declared a "work from home period" for those eight days.[370] The government is also planning to convert former Voice of America relay station into a COVID-19 treating hospital.[371]

On 21 March, the government strictly cautioned that younger children and older people shouldn't be allowed to purchase at the supermarket and urged only one person per family to visit the supermarket to avoid unnecessary gatherings. The government also urged the public to not utilize chloroquine which is used to treat the patients who are diagnosed with Malaria.[372]

On 23 March, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa introduced a relief fund called "COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund" to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.[373] The President himself contributed about Rs. 100 million from President Fund.[374] President also revealed that general public can delay the monthly electricity, water bills until 30 April.[citation needed]

The government has proposed plans to arrange home delivery of the essential goods to curb the coronavirus pandemic and also to control the crowd.[375] The decision was reached by the government following the panic buying and overcrowding of public in shopping outlets and supermarkets on 23 March after the removal of curfew temporarily.[376]

The government has also urged the main supermarkets of the country such as Cargills, Arpico Super Centre, Keells Super, Sathosa and LAUGFS Holdings to sell the products to the customers via home delivery methods. PickMe, one of the popular peer to peer transport networks in the country has offered services regarding the provision of essential items such as bread, gas, and grocery. PickMe has also partnered with Lanka Sathosa to provide essential products to customers via home delivery channels and also partnered with Litro Gas to provide gas cylinders.[377] Sri Lanka's main apparel manufacturer Brandix offered one of its factory as a quarantine centre to assist government's fight against the coronavirus.[citation needed]

On 24 March, the government issued a circular stating that the special task force has been established to effectively and efficiently regulate and conduct the mechanism of distribution of essential commodities and the task force is spearheaded by Basil Rajapaksa.[378] The government also declared that Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara as the high-risk zones which are prone to the possibility of coronavirus pandemic.[379] The Police DIG Ajith Rohana warned that there could be a possibility of more undisclosed unconfirmed hidden coronavirus cases due to the reluctance of the carriers to come forward for testing and self-quarantine precautions.[380]

The government extended the work from home period until 3 April due to extension of indefinite curfews in high-risk zones of the country.[381] However, the government has taken necessary actions to resolve the issues faced by the general public and has allowed farmers, estate workers, bankers, fishermen and cleaners to carry on their duties amid curfews. President ordered the Central Bank, commercial banks, insurance companies to carry out the services amid the curfew.[382]

Some reports revealed that the President could arrange an emergency meeting at the parliament as soon as possible which was dissolved earlier in the month for the parliamentary elections.[383] Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa initially hosted an all party press conference to curb the pandemic.[384][385]

On 7 April Army, 1 Corps of Engineer Services (CES) turned the former Voice of America building complex at Iranawila, Chilaw to an isolation hospital. It is equipped with robotic technology and autopilot vehicles for the safety of medical staff working in the hospital and patients are confined to separate cubicles where robots transport medicine, drinks and foods to patients through a special airlock system.[386]

Politics

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned former UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's remarks over the possibility of shortage of funds after 30 April and criticized him for politicizing the current coronavirus pandemic.[387][388] The ruling party also condemned the opposition party's request to reconvene the dissolved parliament and accused that the opposition party was trying to seek political gains.[389]

Disposal of bodies

Letter leaked to media by the Health Ministry

According to the guidelines by the authorities, the bodies of deceased COVID-19 patients must be bagged and disinfected while the closest relatives are allowed to see the face of the deceased for a limited time within the hospital and touching of the body is not allowed. Embalming is banned and funeral homes are expected to immediately bag the body and place it in a sealed coffin for religious rituals. Mass gatherings and funeral functions are banned and remains must be cremated within 24 hours of the death. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem criticized the decision to make cremation mandatory claiming that cremation was done unlawfully without following either international rules or religious principles and further stated that cremation of a person should not be done without proper religious methods. Muslim community gave mixed responses some criticising Hakeem while others criticized the government decision[390][391] Some right activists and groups accused the government of not following WHO rules and regulations for the cremation related to COVID-19 deaths.[392]

It was reported that a letter from the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka was leaked to social media on 25 April 2020. The letter from the ministry had requested a 1000 body bags from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to dispose of bodies during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ministry later announced that it will carry on an investigation to who leaked the letter to the media.[393]

Philadelphia Missionary Church

On 21 March 2020, the authorities urged all the people who attended the Sunday service at Philadelphia Missionary Church, Jaffna to self quarantine themselves for at least 14 days.[394] It was reported that on 15 March 2020, the main senior pastor of the church conducted special Sunday service.[395] It was later reported that the pastor was tested positive for COVID-19 and went to Switzerland on that day itself with his wife for medical treatment.[396][397][398] The person also believed to have infected with the virus after coming to Sri Lanka.[399] The Northern Province Governor P. S. M. Charles confirmed that the pastor with the coronavirus symptoms hugged and blessed all worshippers during the service. Around 240 people were reported to have attended the service according to the EconomyNext.[400] 3 of them are under medical treatment at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and all 240 people have been isolated.[citation needed]

Maligawatta stampede

On 21 May 2020, a stampede occurred near a Muslim Jumma residence in Maligawatta, Colombo-10, amid lockdown and curfew resulting in the death of 3 women and leaving further nine injured.[401][402][403] It was reported that the businessman did inform about this charity event and he was revealed to have taken the police pass before conducting such a charity event. However the reports revealed that the crowd gathered in huge unexpected numbers which resulted in a stampede.[404] Six suspects who were involved in relief distribution have been arrested mainly for conducting such an event amid coronavirus and for not maintaining proper hygienic measures, ignoring the ban on public gatherings.[405]

Travel restrictions

The government also banned the arrival of travellers from several countries of continental Europe including Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, France, Austria and Netherlands,[406][407] extending this to the United Kingdom on 15 March.[408][409] The travel ban was also imposed to foreign travellers from India, South Korea and Iran.[410] SriLankan Airlines have cancelled several scheduled flights from several countries including India amid coronavirus fears.[411] As of 17 March 2020 midnight, Sri Lankan government ordered travel restrictions to Canada, Bahrain and Qatar.[412] The landing of aircraft were also suspended for two weeks with immediate effect from 19 March until 25 March at BIA airport except the arrival of cargo goods.[413][414] The government also extended the validity of all visas of foreigners till 12 April.[415]

On 22 March, the government banned the arrival of all incoming passenger ships and planes.[416]

In December Sri Lanka said travel restrictions would be relaxed from the 26 of the month, allowing expatriates and foreign passport holders to come back without prior-registration with the Foreign Ministry, if they had booked paid quarantine. A group of 200 Russian tourists were also expected to come.[417] However the relaxation was suspended on 21 December, after a highly transmissible SARS-Cov-2 strain was found in the UK and some other countries.[418]

Arrests and legal actions

On 16 March four Sri Lankans who evaded quarantine after returning from South Korea were arrested by the Sri Lankan police while hiding in their homes. Legal action was also taken against a 45-year-old patient who despite knowing his travel partner to Germany was infected avoided instructions to admit himself for treatment.[419] Later he tested himself from a private hospital despite a ban on private testing of the virus by the government. He only admitted himself at the IDH after 3 days with the virus.[420][421]

On 20 March the Mayor of Dambulla Jaliya Opatha and another was arrested by the police after he organised a bicycle race despite the ban on gatherings. Twenty were taken into custody by Sri Lanka Navy in Kochchikade and Puttalam coasts after attempting to go out after curfew and a court case was filed against the COVID-19 patient that admitted himself to Ragama Hospital for chest pains while hiding his travel history resulting in quarantining of the hospital staff.[422][423]

As of 27 March, nearly 4,000 people were arrested for breaching the curfew rules imposed by the government.[424][425]

On 29 March 2020, the main suspect who was also the mastermind behind the Easter bombing in the Zion Church was arrested by police in Mount Lavinia during the curfew which was imposed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.[426][427][428] The suspect was identified as a 40-year-old resident of Dehiwala/Mount Lavinia and was accused of transporting the suicide bomber to the Zion Church in Batticaloa.[429][430] The suspect is also alleged of handling the suicide bomber who attacked the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade.[431]

As of 15 May, more than 55,000 people were arrested for breaching the curfew rules imposed by the government.[432] Some people have been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic.[433]

First wave curfews and lockdowns

On 18 March, the Sri Lanka Police imposed an emergency curfew in Puttalam, Negombo, Kochikade and Chilaw as it was speculated that 800 returnees from Italy had visited those areas.[434][435] The statement was officially confirmed by Army General Shavendra Silva.[436] On 19 March, an emergency curfew was imposed from 10pm in the night in some areas, including Wattala and Ja-Ela, until further notice following the discovery of a new COVID-19 case in Ja-Ela.[437][438]

On 20 March, the Sri Lankan President announced that a lockdown styled curfew would be imposed for the entire nation from 6pm on 20 March to 6am on 24 March to contain the pandemic.[439][440][441] It was earlier revealed that the government would impose the curfew from 20 to 23 March but it was further extended to 6am on 24 March due to a surge in new cases. However, the government announced that the curfew would be lifted from most parts of the country from 23 March except Colombo, Gampaha, Jaffna, Kilinochi and Mulaitivu to encourage rural public to engage in retail purchases.[442]

On 23 March, the government announced that it would impose the quarantine curfew from 12pm on 24 March until 27 March to contain the spreading of coronavirus and also the government banned citizens from inter-district travel from 24 to 27 March.[443] On 24 March, the government imposed a curfew for very high risk zones such as Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara indefinitely for a maximum period of two weeks.[444] On 28 March, government extended curfew further for Jaffna district and Kandy district until further notice.[445]

On 9 April, the government announced a curfew in the Ratnapura and Pelmadulla police divisions in the Ratnapura District until further notice.[446] On 13 April, two villages, Panvila and Cheena Koratuwa in Beruwala were isolated due to the threat of COVID-19 until further notice.[447] On 16 April, Bandaranaike Mawatha in Hultsdorf was completely closed down after a resident who had returned from India tested positive for COVID-19 and symptoms were detected after 33 days.[448] On the same day, Nagalgam Street in Grandpass was also declared an isolated area until further notice.[449]

On 22 April, 12 villages in the Lankapura Division of Polonnaruwa were declared as isolated areas after the first patient from the Polonnaruwa District was identified.[97] On 24 April, Uhana and Damana areas in Ampara district declared temporarily lockdown until further notice due to Welisara Navy camp personnel.[450] On 28 April, Havelock Lane, Dabare Mawatha in Colombo 05 and Hete Watte at Torrington were declared isolated villages.[451][452]

Meanwhile, on 3 May, Panwila and China Fort areas in Beruwala and Akurana in Kandy declared reopened.[453] On 29 May, government declared quarantine curfew to Nuwara Eliya District from 29th until 31 May Sunday night due to large assemblies on streets for the demise of minister Arumugam Thondaman.[454]

International support

The Government of China extended their support to Sri Lanka by extending the concessionary loan of US$500 million in order to fight the coronavirus.[455] The US government also lent their support to combat coronavirus outbreak by donating essential supplies such as nitrile gloves and heavy duty work gloves.[456] The founder of Alibaba Group Chinese billionaire Jack Ma announced his plans to help the Asian countries affected by the coronavirus including Sri Lanka by providing essential emergency supplies such as masks, test kits and confirmed it on his Twitter account.[457][458] On 7 April, the Government of India donated 10 tonnes of consignment of essential medicines to tackle the coronavirus. The donation was given in good faith to Sri Lanka for its voluntary contribution to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund.[459]

Criticisms regarding Big Match

The health authorities have ordered self-isolation for 14 days to those who attended the annual Big Match, which is a cricket match held between S.Thomas' College Mount Lavinia and Royal College Colombo which is also popularly known as the Battle of the Blues.[460] The warning was raised after one of the old boys of S.Thomas College who is also one of the co-pilots of Sri Lankan Airlines was infected with the coronavirus after attending the match. The officials warned that there is a possibility of the virus being spread to the crowd mainly including the old boys of their respective schools who gathered in large numbers.[461] It was earlier reported that the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the organisers to cancel the Big Match but the organisers neglected the instructions given by the President and went ahead with the match. Several companies and businesses have ordered their employees who attended the Big Match to not report to work for 14 days.[462]

Criticisms regarding general public

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene took to social media and slammed the public who stayed in long queues in the supermarket without maintaining distance and not wearing face masks. He criticized that the people were not aware of their behaviour in order to safeguard themselves from the virus.[463]

The supermarket chains in the country have made arrangements to control the panic buying and queuing of the public.[464] The general public has been heavily criticized for lack of support to combat coronavirus pandemic due to their reckless behaviour.[citation needed]

Research and Development

Both state and private institutions began Research and Development programs to find solutions to issues created by the Pandemic. Research and Development Unit of Sri Lanka Navy developed a remote-controlled smart appliance called ‘Medi Mate’ to allow healthcare to maintain distance from patients during testing and treatment. Medi Mate is wheeled and remote-controlled allowing workers to communicate with patients as well as transport medicine and meals as well as spray sanitizing liquid through an automated nozzle. The Research and Development Unit of Sri Lanka Navy also developed a disinfection chamber and variants with added features that were placed in Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital and University Hospital KDU.[465]

Vega Innovations, a subsidiary of CodeGen Group of Companies together with the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka designed a low-cost Volume Controlled – Continuous Mandatory Ventilation (VC-CMV) Medical Ventilator that can produce for a cost under US$650 per unit.[466]

Atlas Axillia PLC, a subsidiary of the Hemas Group, developed the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robot which is able to carry food and medicine, perform basic medical check-ups such as checking temperatures, allow doctors to monitor patients remotely and have conversations with them. The AGV recharges itself using a wireless port to further reduce contact with workers. The first prototype was gifted to Base Hospital Homagama.[467]

Engineers of faculty of engineering, University of Peradeniya has repaired and developed oxygen respiratory systems and ICU beds.[468] National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka allocated funding to combat COVID-19 pandemic and invited proposals from Sri Lankan scientists.[469]

Center for Research and Development (CRD) of the Defence Ministry developed an interactive remotely operated robotic platform called Dr. Robort, a disinfection corridor and two mobile disinfection platforms. The Ministry of Defence requested the private sector to collaborate to commercialise these innovations and begin large scale manufacturing.[470]

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) began research into multiple projects to deal with the pandemic jointly with state institutions and private companies. The sudden demand for Nasopharyngeal swabs caused a shortage and its height the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) was down to 30 swabs. SLINTEC identified the materials required and studied the manufacturing process and available facilities which were then transfered to Hi Fashion Ltd who began producing swabs with the help of Lady Ridgeway Hospital. [471] SLINTEC also developed low cost RT-LAMP kits to detect viral RNA. [472]

MSC Magnifica

MSC Magniica's only Sri Lankan crew member on board and an ill passenger was disembarked when reached Colombo Harbour on her way back to Italy

A Sri Lankan chef crew member, Anura Bandara Herath on board of MSC Magnifica made a request to Sri Lankan government on social media to take charge of him when the cruise ship reached Colombo Harbour for refuel and supply on her way back to Italy. The president responding to the request has directed to the commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva to bring the chef on ashore. A team of Navy's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRNE) unit retrieved the chef and brought him ashore. Herath was directed to a quarantine centre in Boossa for 14 days of mandatory quarantine. A 75 years old German female passenger also disembarked on heart-related ailment and was admitted to Sri Lanka National hospital.[473] On 13 April, it was reported that she died in the hospital with complications according to hospital sources.[474]

False reports and rumours

On 12 March 2020, false reports were claimed by few individuals in social media that the son of 52-year-old tour guide who was infected with COVID-19 virus also deemed to have infected with the virus.[475] However, the allegations were refused by the Ministry of Health and was evident that the boy who was falsely alleged to have infected with the virus was reported later that no symptoms were identified after thorough checking and was revealed to be the student of the Ananda College.[476] Sri Lankan Police requested to the general public to not mislead themselves from rumours which are spread across social media platforms.[477]

On 12, 13 and 14 March, general public rushed to the supermarkets and grocery shopping centers with the intention of bulk purchases speculating that the country could face possibility of lockdown amid coronavirus fears, rumours were also spreading in social media that there is a shortage of products in the country.[478][479] The Sri Lankan government later insisted the public to not unnecessarily panic about the coronavirus pandemic and revealed that there is no shortage of essential items in the country including petroleum and food.[480] Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry chairperson Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson revealed that there is no shortage of essential pharmaceutical products and drugs.[481] There were rumours regarding the house-to-house quarantine in the social media but the government refused the allegations.[482]

On 16 March, opposition MP Rajitha Senaratne made a controversial statement that 10 school students being infected with the virus while MP Sarath Fonseka claimed that there three deaths due to the coronavirus. However, on 18 March Sarath Fonseka accepted it was a mistake and that he was merely quoting false information on Facebook. The police began an investigation on the two MPs.[483]

Former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa promoted Plaquenil as a drug superior than Hydroxychloroquine. Plaquenil is the brand name of Hydroxycholoroquine and is the same drug. Due to its serious side effects self-administration is not recommended. Premadasa also claimed Azithromycin can treat side effects of Hydroxycholoroquine. Azithromycin is an antibiotic and is not used to treat side effects of Hydroxycholoroquine.[484] Sajith Premadasa later apologised for spreading misinformation.[485]

Dhammika Bandara a mason who became a self-proclaimed sorcerer claimed that goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction gave him a recipe for cure. He managed to gain the support of several politicians including Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi. After being denied to offer the magical potion to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Dhammika Bandara acted as if possessd by Kali and shouted ""I am Kali. I am your mother," at the Buddhist monk in charge. Many doctors and researchers criticised Dhammika Bandara and Ayrvedic doctors expressed concern at the fact Dhammika Bandara was claiming to be an "indiginous doctor" without any credentials. Pavithra and another minister who took the potion contracted COVID-19. Research into the potion at the orders of Wanniarchi ended up showing that the potion was completely useless with no patients given the paniya showing any improvement over those without it. [486][487][488][489] Dhammika Bandara refused to stop production of the potion claiming that as it was spiritual it cannot be tested and would loose its healing properties if the patient ate Maldives Fish. [490] [491]

Prison riots

On 21 March, a protest was held by prison inmates in Anuradhapura to separate themselves from each other after the identification of four reported coronavirus cases in Anuradhapura.[492] The protest became violent during a shooting incident resulting in the death of two prisoners, leaving a further six injured.[493][494][495]

On 29 November, a riot at Mahara prison outside Colombo left eight people dead and over 50 injured.[496] The riots occurred following the rumours and speculations regarding the transferring of COVID-19 infected prisoners to Mahara Prison from other crowded prisons. Initially the prison inmates staged unrest demanding the officials and authorities to increase the PCR testing following the surge in COVID-19 cases in Sri Lankan prisons.[497][498]

Nagitimu Sri Lanka

A song titled "Nagitumu Sri Lanka" was launched by "Gammadda" initiative as a part of MTV/MBC network in order to give tribute to the people of the country to rise up again by showing resilience from the coronavirus pandemic.[499]

Impact

Elections

On 19 March, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya revealed that the 2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary election would be postponed indefinitely until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.[500][501] Sri Lankan government initially insisted that scheduled forthcoming the election would proceed as planned on 25 April despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the authorities banned election rallies and meetings.[502] On 3 April 2020 Sri Lanka's Election Commission wrote to President Rajapaksa to seek court opinion on parliamentary election delay[503] saying that they think that the elections will not be able to complete before 1 June as per president's Gazette notification. In reply to the letter Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera wrote the commission that the commission has fail to act in provision of the section 24 of the Parliamentary elections act of Sri Lanka, and ask them to hold the elections.[504] creating a debate between the office of the president and the elections commission.[505]

On 19 April 2020, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa made a public statement that the Elections Commission has no authority to postpone General Election without fixing an alternate date.[506][507] The day after the commission met in Colombo and announced 20 June as the new date despite increasing corona cases in the island, with almost all opposition parties made concerns how to hold its campaign with the ongoing curfew.[508] President Gotabaya Rajapaksa refused to recall the old parliament.

On 10 June 2020, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya confirmed that the postponed parliamentary elections would be held on 5 August 2020 with strict health measures and guidelines.[509][510][511] Sri Lanka also joined an elite list of countries such as Poland, South Korea, Singapore, Syria and Serbia to have held the elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.[512][513]

Tourism

The coronavirus outbreak further affected the downfall of the tourism sector of the country which was recovering slowly from the impact of the 2019 Easter bombings. The tourism sector was directly affected with the decrease of Chinese tourist arrivals. The Sri Lankan government also suspended flights to mainland China and pilgrimages to India.[514] Jayasundara has also refused to seek advice from country's highest court.[citation needed]

Environment

The air quality index showed a drastic improvement in the quality of air in highly dense areas such as Colombo ever since the imposing of indefinite curfews.[515]

Education

The government ordered to close schools for five weeks from 12 March to 20 April which also marks the end of the first term and also the academic school exams slated for the first term were also scrapped.[516][517][518] The private tuition classes and tutorials including the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka were also closed from 26 March.[519] On 11 April 2020, Government announce that new school year was postponed until 11 May 2020.[520]

Sri Lankan government announced that it will reopen the schools from 29 June 2020 in four stages. However, the schools will be opened for students only from 7 July 2020 and government ordered that teachers should attend school from 29 June to make arrangements regarding health guidelines before starting to teach.[521] The GCE A/L examinations was postponed to 7 September 2020 and the scholarship exam was postponed to 13 September 2020.[522]

On 6 July, academic activities of Grades 5, 11 and 13 at government schools started.[523] However, on 12 July, due to Kandakadu corona outbreak, government decided to close all the schools again for one week from 13 to 17 July.[524]

Government Examinations

Following the identification of a COVID-19 case from Gampaha, the Ministry of Education Sri Lanka 5 October announced that all schools in the island will be closed until further notice. The Commissioner General of Examinations has announced that there is no change in the schedules of the Grade 5 and GCE Advanced Level Examination to be held this October.[525] The Department has made arrangements to conduct the examinations on the dates notified in advance, he said. Exam held on 10 October to 6 November.[526] Education Minister, Professor G.L Peiris said that the examinations will be held by following the health guidelines.[527] On 10 October Sri Lanka Railways has published a special train timetable for providing transportation facilities to students sitting for the Advanced Level and Grade Five Scholarship examinations.

Entertainment

The Sri Lankan government imposed ban on public gatherings for two weeks amid coronavirus fears and insisted that the permission should be taken from the police in order to do so.[528] All film theatres, national parks, zoological gardens and botanical gardens throughout the country have been closed until further notice.[529] The Sri Lanka Planetarium has also been shut down until further notice with immediate effect from 17 March.[530]

Economy

The Colombo Stock Exchange closed at a new eight-year low amid the coronavirus fears.[531] The stock market activities were halted for at least 30 minutes on 13 March.[532] On 5 March 2020, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka released monetary policy review and the monetary authority decided to maintain policy interest rates unchanged despite coronavirus outbreak (SDFR fixed at 6.5% and the SLFR fixed at 7.5%).[533][534] On 16 March 2020, on a surprising move the Central Bank of Sri Lanka revised monetary policy review and cut the policy rates by 25 basis points and also cut the statutory reserve ratio by 1 basis point due to the coronavirus pandemic.[535][536] The CBSL continued its expansionary monetary policy to prosper the economy.[537][538] Further the CBSL governor W. D. Lakshman requested the financial institutions to not panic due to the economic impact caused by coronavirus.[539] On 18 March, the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the Colombo Stock Exchange to be closed until 19 March.[540] CSE has also been given special holidays on 23 and 24 March.[citation needed] Colombo Stock Exchange is scheduled to open on 11 May.[541][542]

The Central Bank requested the banking sector to operate banking activities for at least two hours on 23 March and the banks encouraged general public to utilize electronic transactions and ATM services instead of physical cash.[543][544] Experts revealed that the country is likely to mark a record-low negative growth rate for the first time since 2001 due to the economic pressures caused by coronavirus pandemic.[545] Commercial Bank of Ceylon stated it would help the customers who are hardly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.[546] Fishermen are one of the hardly affected due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country as the export prices of the fish mainly to the European Union have drastically reduced. The fishermen have been unable to sell 400 tones of newly caught fish due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities.[547]

  • As of 27 March, the domestic Sri Lankan rupee further depreciated against the US dollar to 191.99 amid the coronavirus pandemic.[548]
  • As of 8 April 2020 the domestic Sri Lankan rupee further depreciated against the US dollar to 200.47 making history that its first time reaching the Rs200 level or above mark, despite Sri Lankan government's effects to control it.[549][550]
  • Several Mega companies in Sri Lanka ranked as top companies in the island announced that they will cut down its employees salaries from 5% to 35%. These companies include John Keells Holdings, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Sri Lanka's biggest apparel exporter Brandix Lanka to name a few.[551][552][553]
  • On 21 April, government announced that all liquor stores closed-down until further notice.[554][555] Despite relaxing of quarantine on 11 May, liquor shops would be remained closed until further notice.[556]
  • Sri Lanka's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate forecasted to fallen -6.7% in end of 2020. Asian Development Bank forecasted to fallen -5.5% Sri Lankan Central Bank said the economy may show zero growth.[557]
Monthly Export Performance 2018-2020
  • In the second quarter of 2020, the Sri Lankan trade deficit shrank by US$1 billion to US$3.8 billion from US$4.8 billion in 2019. Industrial exports shrank 10.2% (Mostly garments goods), Sri Lanka Rupee deprecates 0.3% at end of August.[558]
  • Sri Lanka official reserves fall to US$6.6 billion in September 2020, Central Bank data showed. Most reserve assets based on Foreign currency reserves. Because Middle east migrant workers crisis.[559]
  • On 23 October Colombo stock market closed 0.05% lower than the previous day.[560]

Religious services

On 15 March 2020, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo Malcolm Ranjith held a televised church service to combat coronavirus pandemic and the archbishop revealed that church service and holy masses in Colombo and Chilaw will not be conducted until 31 March 2020.[561][562] The ACJU also requested to stop Friday Jummah prayers in mosques until further notice.[563][564][565]

However, isolated incidents of Mosques ignoring the curfew to hold gatherings and prayers were reported and in one incident in Horowpathana 18 were arrested while several dozen fled the police. As a result, the ACJU suspended the board of Trustees of the concerned Mosque and issued a statement praising the government and requested action against those spreading hate speech due to the incidents.[566][567]

The Sunday mass services were cancelled for two weeks as of 14 April. Sri Lankan Buddhist monks started Pirith Chanting a type of prayers to combat against COVID-19 island wide temples on a weekly basis.[568]

Sports

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suggested English cricketers should not follow the tradition of handshaking during the 2 match test series tour to Sri Lanka which was scheduled to commence on 19 March 2020.[569] Instead the players were advised to bump fists as a precaution.[570] The ECB also told English players not to take selfies or sign autographs with the crowd, and imposed a ban on interaction with fans.[571] On 13 March, the cricket tour was called off, the first-class match in progress was immediately abandoned as a draw, and arrangements were made for the players to come home.[572] Both cricket boards planned to reschedule the fixtures.[573][574] In December 2020, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the dates for the tour,[575] with both Test matches played in Galle.[576]

The domestic cricket matches have also been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak and initially the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) planned to conduct the matches until 16 March.[577] Sri Lankan cricketers were improving their fitness levels during curfew period.[578]

On 20 April 2020, cricket boards of Sri Lanka and South Africa confirmed that the South African cricket tour to Sri Lanka had been postponed due to the pandemic.[579][580]

The 3 match test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which was originally scheduled to take place in July and August 2020 was postponed to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, Sri Lanka Cricket initially recommended a one-week quarantine period for touring Bangladeshi players.[581][582] However SLC extended the quarantine period to 14 days with the BCB disagreeing to the length of time their players would be quarantine and the lack of preparation time ahead of the first Test match.[583] In response, Sri Lanka Cricket suggested that the quarantine could be split into two phases, with seven days done in Bangladesh, and the remaining seven days done once the team arrives in Sri Lanka.[584] On 28 September 2020, the tour was postponed again indefinitely as both boards could not decide on quarantine requirements for the series.[585][586][587][588]

Indian women also scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in late November to play in five Women's One Day International (WODI) and three Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) matches. The dates for the series are yet to be fixed and confirmed due to the pending quarantine guidelines for touring Indian women's cricket team[589]

The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League was initially scheduled to be held in August 2020 and was later postponed to commence on 14 November 2020. However, the start of the tournament was further pushed back to one week (21 November 2020) due to the compulsory 14-day quarantine process for foreign players as part of the health guidelines and precautions recommended by the health officials.[590][591]

The auction styled player draft of the 2020 Lanka Premier League which was scheduled to take place on 9 October 2020 had been rescheduled to 19 October 2020 by the Sri Lanka Cricket due to surge in cases.[592][593][594]

Vaccinated program

A consignment of 500,000 doses of Indian's Astra-Zeneca "COVISHIELD" vaccine donated to Sri Lanka by the Indian government, arrived in the country on 28 January 2021.[595]

On February, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed health authorities to start vaccinating members of the general public in the Western Province with the Oxford-Astra Zeneca. All the members of Parliament will be vaccinated with the first doses Astra -Zeneca vaccine[596]

George Floyd protests

On 9 June 2020, Black Lives Matter protests were staged by activists, followers and supporters of the Frontline Socialist Party in response to the murder of George Floyd in front of the US Embassy in Kollupitiya, Colombo.[597][598] However the protests became violent when police arrested nearly 20 people for violating the health and quarantine regulations.[599]

Statistics

  Active Cases (15%)
  Recoveries (84.38%)
  Deaths (0.62%)

Total confirmed cases, active cases, recoveries and deaths

COVID-19 Situation Report[600]
Total Confirmed Cases 119,424
Active Cases 17,805
Daily New Cases 1,895
Recovered 100,885
Deaths 745
Total Number of PCR tests 2,890,075
Test per million 132,554


Number of COVID-19 deaths by age as of 31 December 2020

New cases by week reported

New cases

Number of new daily cases, with a seven-day moving average.

Recoveries

Number of daily recovery, with a seven-day moving average.

Death per day

Number of daily death.

By region

COVID-19 District wise summary (Apr. 30, 2021)
Region Total Per million
Provinces Districts Cases Cases
Western Province, Sri LankaWestern Colombo 34,516 14,850
Gampaha 20,213 8,770
Kalutara 7,598 6,218
Total 62,327 10,652
Southern Province, Sri LankaSouthern Galle 3,285 3,089
Matara 1,868 2,295
Hambantota 876 1,565
Total 6,029 2,474
Central Province, Sri LankaCentral Kandy 5,810 4,224
Matale 1,589 3,279
Nuwara Eliya 1,404 1,973
Total 8,803 3,423
Northern Province, Sri LankaNorthern Jaffna 1,678 2,874
Kilinochchi 244 2,150
Mannar 302 3,033
Mullaitivu 361 3,914
Vavuniya 440 2,556
Total 3,025 2,850
North Western Province, Sri LankaNorth Western Kurunegala 4,469 2,761
Puttalam 1,486 1,949
Total 5,955 2,501
Sabaragamuwa ProvinceSabaragamuwa Kegalle 1,553 1,847
Ratnapura 3,514 3,230
Total 5,067 1,191
Eastern Province, Sri LankaEastern Trincomalee 805 2,121
Batticaloa 690 1,310
Ampara 1,652 2,544
Total 3,147 2,023
North Central Province, Sri LankaNorth Central Anuradhapura 986 1,146
Polonnaruwa 676 1,665
Total 1,662 1,312
Uva ProvinceUva Badulla 1,457 1,787
Monaragala 744 1,649
Total 2,201 1,738
Other 9,930
Total 108,146 4,504

See also

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