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Sri Lanka to Make COVID Vaccination Card Mandatory to Enter Public Places | Coronavirus pandemic News

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From January 1, the island nation will require people with coronavirus vaccine certificates to enter public places.

Sri Lanka will require the presentation of a compulsory COVID-19 vaccination certificate for entry into public places from January 1, in a new attempt to prevent another spike in infections.

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga made the announcement on Sunday in a sharp change from the phasing out of restrictions put in place after the country faced a third wave of COVID-19 infections in April caused by the variant Delta.

Ranatunga said health officials were developing arrangements for implementing the decisions, according to a government statement.

Since Sri Lanka lifted a six-week lockdown on October 1, life has started to return to normal, with cinemas and restaurants reopening and weddings allowed.

The restrictions put in place after the country faced a third wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the Delta variant in April have been gradually lifted.

However, the police continue to impose the wearing of face masks and the maintenance of social distance in public places. Restrictions also remain on public transport and large-scale gatherings are discouraged.

Cases of COVID-19 increased in Sri Lanka in July and the country was placed in conditional lockdown from August 20 to October 1.

At the peak, daily infections rose to over 3,000 with 200 or more deaths. New daily infections have since fallen to around 500 and deaths to less than 20.

Since Sri Lanka’s first COVID-19 patient was detected in March 2020, the country has recorded nearly 580,000 confirmed cases and more than 14,000 deaths from the virus.