News in Sri Lanka

News in Sri Lanka

1 April 2020 Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an online portal for migrant workers in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help the workers voice their concerns, as a result of which the government could provide assistance and support to those who require it. The online website that the government has launched has seen 17,000 registrations since its launch on 26th March 2020.

The purpose of the effort is to protect the rights of the migrant workers who are working in Sri Lanka and ensure that their salaries and payments are done on time, giving them job security. In Sri Lanka, Atulugama, Akurana and Kadayankulam are under lockdown while Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, and Jaffna are classified as high-risk zones, putting them on a full-day curfew indefinitely. Take the Cost of Living survey 

23 March 2020With the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus), the Sri Lankan government has announced a nationwide curfew to combat the virus. The tourism sector will be one of the worst hit considering approximately 500,000 people are directly/ indirectly employed and the lockdown will put their job security in jeopardy. 

The tourism industry was seen to be recovering from a downfall from last year, but has now been adversely affected by the virus. Sri Lanka depends on the tourism industry as it contributes 5% of its GDP.  Furthermore, to combat these consequences, the government of Sri Lanka has ordered a reduction in the prices of essential commodities to help the public. At least 3,506 people, including 31 foreigners from 14 countries, are quarantined in 45 centres across Sri Lanka, according to the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak. Take the survey on Life and Work during the COVID-19 pandemic.