The death toll from the coronavirus has reached 2,011 in Sri Lanka, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, health officials said on Friday.
The 101 deaths reported Thursday were the highest number of confirmed deaths in a day since the start of the pandemic in the country in March 2020.
An eight-day-old baby from the town of Pussellawa in Kandy district, who died on Wednesday, was the youngest Covid victim in the country, health officials said. Most of the patients who died due to Covid-19 were between 65 and 75 years old.
Sri Lanka has seen an increase in positive cases and deaths since April, partly caused by celebrations and shopping during the traditional New Years festival last month.
The country has registered more than 2.17,000 positive cases so far.
The ferocity of the current surge has forced the lockdown in the form of travel restrictions since early May. The restrictions will be lifted on June 14.
Travel restrictions were imposed after health experts called for a total shutdown in light of the violent third wave of the pandemic since April 15.