SL records 57,555 Covid cases in June

People wait for buses in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 21, 2021.

Colombo, (Asian independent) Sri Lanka has recorded a total of 57,555 Covid-19 cases so far this month as the country is witnessing a third wave of the pandemic due to the rapid spread of the new variants of the virus, official figures have revealed.

The figures issued by the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak on Wednesday showed that the highest number of cases was reported in Gampaha district, followed by Colombo and Kalutara, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the Health Ministry, the overall Covid patient count has increased to 243,913 since March last year.

The death toll from the virus stood at 2,704.

Sri Lanka has re-imposed a nationwide travel restriction at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and it will be lifted at 4 a.m. on Friday.

In an aim to bring down the infection rate, the government said it is planning to vaccinate at least 70 per cent of its population by August or September this year.