Sri Lanka has done remarkably well in addressing the novel coronavirus. As of today, August 10, 2020, we have had only 2,844 cases and eleven deaths, out of a population of 22 million people. Strict quarantine was in place for six weeks, social distancing has been encouraged, handwashing stations are all over Galle, and we all wear masks in public. The international airports and seaports were closed and, except for a few repatriation flights, no passenger flights have landed in Sri Lanka since the end of March.
We still do not know when international passenger flights will resume. The government has tentatively planned to open borders by the middle of September. Tourist visas will be issued based on a preliminary negative PCR test before departure from the home country. All arrivals in Sri Lanka will be screened for infection by PCR tests at the airport, and will then be tested again after ten days in-country.
At Sri Mathie we are all fine. The cows and chickens are happy and healthy, the vegetable garden is flourishing. We are enjoying a "bumper crop" of butterflies this year - for some reason, whether a cyclical event or the result of pollution free air, due to the lockdown, we are surrounded by gorgeous butterflies. A morning swim is now accompanied by butterflies and dragonflies. We have
harvested our cinnamon crop, and we look forward to coconut plucking next week. The monsoon was late, but it is lavish. Rain, rain, rain. The frogs love it.
We are all ready to welcome visitors once again to this stunningly beautiful country and hope this day will not be too far off.
I hope if you are reading this you are safe and healthy and we will meet in future.