There have been just 11 recorded coronavirus deaths in Sri Lanka - but one week after schools in the country reopened, they were ordered to close again on Monday after a surge in new cases. The education ministry said that the situation would be reviewed next week.
The country has reported just 2,617 cases, AFP reports, but army chief Shavendra Silva said nearly half the 1,100 residents and staff at a drug rehab facility near the capital had tested positive in the past week, and some visitors may also have been infected.
Sri Lanka’s ruling party on Sunday called off its rallies ahead of next month’s parliamentary elections and postponed the re-opening of the international airport, which was planned for early August. It also suspended a repatriation programme that has brought 12,000 home from overseas.