Sri Lanka will reimpose selective lockdown restrictions from Sunday, May 31, to restrict large gatherings after recording its biggest daily surge in coronavirus infections – most found in citizens repatriated last week from Kuwait.

The island nation on Tuesday, May 26, lifted a shutdown on the capital and a neighboring district, two weeks after easing it in other parts of the nation.

But after more than 250 returnees from Kuwait were found to be infected with coronavirus, authorities decided to impose lockdowns on days when crowds were likely to form – including the planned funeral of a popular minister.

The health ministry said that out of 460 Sri Lankans who returned from Kuwait this week, some 252 had tested positive for coronavirus.