In the latest blow to the embattled people of Sri Lanka, non-essential petrol sales have been banned.

For the next two weeks only buses, trains, and vehicles which transport food or are used for medical purposes will be able to buy petrol.

The country’s workers have been told to work from home.

Sri Lanka’s economy has been on the brink for some time, as populist tax cuts, coupled with money printing by the central bank, and the economic fallout from Covid-19 and the reaction to it, continue to affect the island.

It is estimated that Sri Lanka’s fuel reserves would last for less than a week under ordinary conditions, leading to the necessity of restrictions.

The country’s government has approached the International Monetary Fund over possible assistance, as well as countries such as China and India.