Sri Lanka’s ruling party has called off its rallies ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections and delayed the international airport’s reopening over a surge in virus cases.
The South Asian country of 21 million lifted its coronavirus lockdown in late June, after declaring there was no longer any community spread of the virus.
The emergence of fresh cases last week, including an outbreak at a drug rehabilitation centre that saw 253 patients test positive in a single night.
A statement by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, SLPP party said all public meetings where the president and the prime minister were due to attend in the coming days have been cancelled.
The party said all their candidates were also told to call off upcoming public gatherings ahead of the August 5 poll.
In the meantime, Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has said the international airport, which authorities had planned to reopen on August 1, would remain closed.