Sri Lanka extends lockdown until Oct. 1

Colombo, Sep 17 (BNA) Sri Lanka on Friday extended the COVID-19 lockdown for another two weeks amid pressure from medical experts.

The current shutdown was due to end on Tuesday. A special meeting of the COVID-19 Control Committee chaired by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa decided to extend the measures until October 1, according to Presidential Spokesperson Kingsley Ratnayaka.

Medical experts said that although Sri Lanka has seen a decline in daily cases, oxygen requirements and deaths, it remains at risk. And the past 24 hours saw 2,314 confirmed cases, according to the Associated Press.

The closure was first imposed on August 20 and has been extended four times. The government allowed export-oriented factories and agricultural work to continue, in addition to basic services.

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