The island nation said it would delay parliamentary elections, initially slated for April 25.
It also banned all incoming flights for two weeks on Wednesday and imposed a curfew on some areas. So far, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the island rose to 59.
It was not possible to hold polls amid the coronavirus crisis, Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka told media persons on Thursday.
A new date for the polls will be announced in the coming weeks, officials said. A public holiday has been in force in Sri Lanka this week and on Thursday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a “work from home” week until March 27 for both, the public sector and the private sector. The measure, a statement from his office said, sought to prevent the congregation of people.