June 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares snapped a five-session
winning streak on Wednesday, as the island nation extended
travel restrictions to curb rising cases of the novel
* The CSE All-Share Index closed 0.19% lower at
* Conglomerate LOLC Holdings and investment
company Browns Investments Plc were the top drags on
the index, falling 1.7% and 1.5%, respectively.
* Travel restrictions have been extended until June 14, said
Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka's army commander and the head of the
president's COVID prevention task force.
* Sri Lanka reported 2,877 confirmed coronavirus cases on
Wednesday, taking the total to 189,241, while deaths rose by 43
to 1,527, according to health ministry data https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard.
* In other news, a cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals
sank off Sri Lanka's west coast, fouling the country's rich
fishing waters in one of its worst-ever marine disasters.
* Trading volume fell to 75.7 million from 110.9 million in
the previous session.
* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market,
offloading shares worth 56.3 million rupees ($285,786.80),
according to exchange data.
* The Sri Lankan rupee was last quoted at 197
against the U.S. dollar, as of 1213 GMT, 0.25% weaker than
Tuesday's close of 196.5, according to Refinitiv data.
* Equity market turnover was 2.14 billion rupees, exchange
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($1 = 197.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)
(Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru and Waruna
Karunatilake in Colombo; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)