Oct 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares closed slightly lower on Tuesday, in their second straight session of losses, hurt by financials and consumer staples stocks.

* The CSE All-Share index ended 0.09% down at 9,640.36.

* Browns Investment Plc and conglomerate Melstacorp Plc were among the top drags on the index, falling 0.9% and 1%, respectively.

* The equity market’s turnover was 2.06 billion rupees ($10.30 million), according to stock exchange data here.

* Trading volume on the exchange fell to nearly 98.5 million shares from 115.4 million shares in the previous session.

* Foreign investors were net sellers in the equity market, offloading shares worth 44.6 million rupees, as per exchange data.

* As of Monday, the island-nation has reported 527,064 total confirmed COVID-19 cases and 13,354 deaths, data from the country’s health bureau showed here.

* About 56.87% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University here.

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