The ongoing pandemic that has hit globally since 2020 has brought each one to our knees. It has taken thousands of lives and has brought hundreds of economies to a standstill. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every sector, including the media.
Having a vast idea about bilateral economies like the USA and the UK, this article will provide a more detailed picture of COVID-19’s impact on the Sri Lankan economy, with severe consequences for tourism. COVID-19 has severely impacted Sri Lanka’s tourism sector. In fact, major tourist destinations in the country have been suffering because of travel bans imposed on domestic tourists.
As part of its strategy, the Sri Lankan government has allocated extensive financial and non-financial resources to control COVID-19. According to news sources, the President has allocated Rs 100 million to a special bank account opened by the Bank of Ceylon to help COVID-19 patients.
However, the help was not limited to the government. Surprisingly, all marginalized groups have proved to be good Samaritans during this difficult hour. A consignment of medical equipment worth Rs. 30 million has been donated by Muslim Aid-Sri Lanka for the treatment of the COVID-19 epidemic patients.
This donation is not limited to money but covers all the essential medical equipment, including three ICU ventilators. Despite this, it should be noted that this project is supported by AmeriCares of the United States and Muslim Aid-UK. It began in Sri Lanka in 2005 as a result of the 2004 tsunami disaster.
Additionally, the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) has undertaken several aids and support projects in this time of need. As reported by UCA news, the pandemic has caused more than 77,000 deaths in Indonesia, where there are the most daily cases in the world.