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Sri Lanka reports highest daily COVID-19 death toll

11 Jun 2021, 22:05 GMT+10

COLOMBO, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka on Friday reported a fresh high of 101 new fatalities from COVID-19, taking the death toll to 2,011, official figures from the health ministry showed.

According to the health ministry, a total of 216,134 confirmed cases have been reported in the country to date, with over 2,600 new patients detected a day earlier.

The active patient count is 31,986, the health ministry said.

Sri Lanka is presently in the midst of a third wave of the COVID-19 virus, and the country is under a strict nationwide travel restriction which is expected to be lifted on June 14.

Within the past two months, over 100,000 new infections have been reported as the highly contagious Delta and Alpha variants of COVID-19 were detected in several areas, health officials said.

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

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