Digital Desk, Colombo. Sri Lanka’s borders will remain closed for 10 days from May 21 to Arrival due to increasing cases of coronavirus. The Civil Aviation Authority gave this information on Wednesday. The decision to ban the entry of international passengers is a setback to the government’s efforts to revive the tourism industry from January this year.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said that in April 2021, more than 4,000 tourists visited Sri Lanka, with Indians at the top. Let us know that the third wave of epidemic is being seen in Sri Lanka. More than 2,000 cases are being reported here every day. The death toll in the country – which was the lowest in the region during the first wave – has risen sharply in the last few weeks. The number of people who lost their lives to Tuesday’s infection reached 1,015. In such a situation, the government has to take a decision to impose travel restrictions and lockdown.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is running its vaccination campaign in a phased manner, starting in January, in which India has given 5,00,000 doses of Covishield vaccines. Sri Lanka ordered more vaccines to the Serum Institute, but the vaccine has not been reached due to the sudden spurt in corona cases within India.
Russia’s Sputnik vaccine as well as China’s Sinopharm vaccines are currently administered by Sri Lankan health officials and the military, who are tasked with managing the epidemic. China said on Wednesday that it would donate 5,00,000 Sinofarm vaccines to help Sri Lanka.