Last Updated: 7/27/2021
Sri Lanka is reporting an average of 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 per day as of July 18, which is about half of June’s average. Sri Lanka has fully vaccinated about 17% of its population of 22 million people, up from just 5% in June. As of July 10, Sri Lanka has loosened some COVID restrictions, allowing restaurants, places of worship and other nonessential public spaces to reopen with restrictions. Many Sri Lankans continue to struggle economically because of two months of strict lockdown. With schools closed, children of these vulnerable populations may also be further endangered by their lack of access to education for future opportunities.
Because of continued outbreaks and lockdowns through the country, many centers in Sri Lanka are limited to distance-only options in which child development center staff continue to check on families through phone calls and home visits. Some centers have been able to meet in small groups to do Bible studies. Partners have distributed almost 72,000 food packs and nearly 182,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to over 2,700 individuals.