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Sri Lanka tightens COVID-19 restrictions as hospitals battle

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities tightened coronavirus restrictions Friday (Aug 6) as studies emerged of COVID-19 sufferers dying whereas awaiting admission to overcrowded hospitals.

The federal government mentioned state ceremonies and public gatherings had been banned till Sep 1 due to the rising well being disaster.

Public servants had beforehand been requested to return to work from Monday however that order has now been revoked and managers informed to determine who ought to report for obligation on-site.

The recent curbs come after the variety of coronavirus deaths and infections within the final week doubled from a month in the past.

Sri Lankan tv anchor Thilakshani Maduwanthi shared pictures on-line of the state-run Colombo South hospital that confirmed three sufferers sharing a single mattress.

She mentioned two sufferers died in entrance of her and overworked employees had been treating folks underneath timber because the hospital couldn’t address the inflow.

“What we reported about India the place folks died outdoors overcrowded hospitals a couple of months in the past is now taking place proper earlier than my eyes,” she mentioned in a extensively shared Fb put up.

Different posts on social media confirmed our bodies piling up at two hospitals outdoors the capital.

Non-public gatherings haven’t been banned however the authorities has elevated restrictions on attendance.

Solely 25 mourners will likely be allowed at funerals, down from 150, and weddings will likely be lower to 150 folks from 500.

Sri Lanka eased restrictions final month as the federal government stepped up a vaccination rollout.

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