Sri Lanka to make COVID-19 vaccine certificate mandatory from September 15


Colombo: Sri Lanka on Friday announced that citizens will need vaccination cards from September 15 to travel between provinces and public places, certifying that both doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered.

Currently, inter-provincial travel is banned, while employers are asked to ensure that most employees work from home.

The National Center for COVID-19 Prevention said that from September 15, the vaccination card will become mandatory for inter-provincial travel and visiting public places.

The plans were approved during a senior level health sector meeting.

In addition, it has been decided that travel restrictions will be imposed for the next two weeks, which can also be extended.

The measures were taken in view of the increasing number of delta variant COVID-19 cases.

The highly transmissible delta variant, which was first identified in India, is spreading rapidly across Sri Lanka and comprises about 75 per cent of new cases reported in its western province.

The number of deaths and new COVID-19 infections has increased in large part due to the highly infectious form.

Sri Lanka has refrained from imposing a total lockdown in view of the adverse impact on the economy.

On Wednesday, 156 deaths were recorded, also the highest single-day number with more than 3,000 new infections.

Of the 21 million population, approximately 11.6 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Health ministry figures show that 4 million of them have got both the jabs.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called for taking care of senior citizens who are suffering from COVID-19.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Sri Lanka has registered 345,118 COVID-19 cases and the death toll stands at 5,620.

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