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    Sri Lanka COVID-19 deaths reach 617

    COLOMBO (XINHUA) – The number of COVID-19 deaths in Sri Lanka reached 617 yesterday after one more death was reported, official statistics from the Health Ministry showed.

    According to official figures, Sri Lanka has recorded 96,439 COVID-19 cases since the first local patient was detected in March last year, out of which 93,113 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, bringing down the active patient count to 2,709.

    Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry made it mandatory to wear face masks and maintain social distancing in public and anyone defying these laws may be arrested.

    The country began a mass vaccination programme since December last year in the main Western Province including capital Colombo, and to date inoculated nearly one million people with the first doses.

    Sri Lankan municipal health workers collect a swab sample from a resident to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. PHOTO: AP
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