COLOMBO (News 1st); Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said authorities hope to re-open the country on the 01st of October 2021, subject to restrictions.
He said the final decision in this regard will be reached on September 30th,
Responding to questions raised by journalists following an inspection tour at the Nawalapitiya District Hospital, the Health Minister said the present situation is being closely monitored, adding that the prevailing situation is somewhat favorable to reopen the country.
Commenting on the COVID-19 vaccination drive, Minister Rambukwella said Sri Lanka, which was ranked among the first 10 countries for completing the vaccination of those over the age of 30-years — is now ranked among top nations that conducts its vaccination drive effectively.
He said that the vaccination of those aged between 20 to 29 is currently ongoing, while the vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 19-years with congenital disorders also commenced yesterday (24).
According to the Health Minister, there is a reduction in the rate of COVID-19 infected patients, as well as the deaths.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella urged the public to act in compliance of the COVID-19 health guidelines once the country opens, in order to defeat the pandemic.
Whilst pointing out that the health authorities are doing their best, he emphasized that as citizens we must also act responsibly and assist the efforts to contain the virus.