March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020
Steps have been taken to use the Central Mail Exchange to distribute the medication required by patients who have been registered at government hospitals since today.
In the backdrop of the COVID – 19 pandemic that claimed one life in the country late Saturday, the Ceylon Bank Employees 'Union has encouraged the use of ATMs and cash deposit machines over visiting Banks.
The Sri Lankan College of Otorhinolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons requests parents to protect their children from incidents as ENT surgeon's services have been limited to emergency care due to COVID-19 problem only.
The general public can communicate with the Task Force Operation Centre through the telephone numbers given below.
In order to maintain social distancing and to avoid large public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the allowances for senior citizens and persons
The Sri Lankan cricket team also entered the fight against coronavirus by donating money to buy a diagnostic tool called video laryngoscope that would help treat patients who had been diagnosed.
The Department of Meteorology today advised that in the coming days temperature will rise in some areas up to 'Extreme Caution Level.'
A total of 206 people were arrested for breaching the curfew from 6 am to 12 noon today (29) in the last six hours, Police Headquarters said.
According to international reports, another Sri Lankan living in London, England has died from the novel coronavirus infection. He is the second Sri Lankan to ever succumb to the virus in England.
The Kalutara Health Science Institute is calling on the public to limit patient visits to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara, despite the prevailing situation.
One more patient diagnosed with Covid-19 has been recovered and discharged from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Health Ministry said.
A meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, presided over by its head Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, took place last morning
Both restaurants, stores, and other businesses are to remain closed throughout the curfew time and such businesses will not be permitted to open in any circumstances. In the event that any of these establishments are found to be illegal, legal action against them will be taken, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Two more villages at Kadayankulam in the Puttalam district and Akurana in the Kandy district are sealed-off by health authorities. A total of four villages including Atalugama in the Kalutara district are also virtually sealed-off.
Considering the national emergency circumstances and the need to assist the country and its people, members of the Special Forces (SF) Regiment HQ at Naula, Matale in line with the thinking of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva,
Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva last morning (28) made a surprise visit to the construction site of the new kitchen complex near the Army Headquarters, together with a few Senior Officers.
The President and the Prime Minister have approved the following: Payment of the Annual Festival Advance to public servants, interim payment of Rs. 5,000 each to the 2.3 million Samurdhi families and to pay the allowance for persons with disabilities to those who are registered but yet to receive the allowance.
Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice »
The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.
The final rites of the patient who died from coronavirus will be conducted in compliance with international quarantine regulations, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
The Government has banned entry of incoming passenger flights at the Bandaranaike International Aiport (BIA) until 7 April.
A 61-year-old Sri Lankan male living in Feltham, London has died today from an infection with COVID-19, sources said. They said the patient has been at a hospital's Intensive Care Unit in London.
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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid homage to the Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic in Kandy today (28). President was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the venue.
Three more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus, increasing Sri Lanka's total number of cases to 113. Four patients were officially contracting the COVID-19 virus earlier today
As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted sterilization programmes at Colombo Maning Market premises, on 27th March 2020.
Another 300 returnees, who underwent 14-day quarantine process, left the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) run quarantine centres today (28).
In the wake of the emergency situation prevailing due to coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the region, an accelerated grievance redress mechanism has been developed to resolve issues of the general public.
People who arrived in the country after March 14 from Chennai, India have been instructed to notify the Public Health Inspector in their respective residential areas, Health Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said today.
First COVID-19 death has been reported from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.
Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon (28 March), registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
The government has taken many measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Therefore, all arrivals from overseas have been stopped.
The Sri Lanka Air Force commenced construction of a New Isolation Unit consisting of 16 rooms on 18 March 2020. Under the direct supervision of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, a team of 9 Civil Engineering Officers and 250 Airmen led by Senior Staff Officer Civil Engineering, Air Commodore Udula Wijesinghe took on the daunting challenge of constructing this new Isolation unit within two weeks (14 Days).
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Four more COVID-19 patients were reported in Sri Lanka, bringing a total number of infected individuals to 110, the Ministry of Health says.
Attorney Rajeev Amarasuriya has taken on duties as the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Bar Association (BASL). He succeeded Attorney-at-law Kaushalya Nawaratne as the 24th Secretary of the Bar Association.
The Sri Lanka Postal Department and Ministry of Health jointly arranged a plan to distribute medicine to those seeking care from government hospitals and lacking adequate medication for their everyday use.
Another individual today (28) tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health says. According to health ministry figures, a total of 107 people with coronavirus have been diagnosed in Sri Lanka to date
PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the police to allow vehicles to transport vital consumer goods and vegetables to economic centers. That was confirmed today by the Prime Minister's Office (28).
Two more patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovered and discharged from the hospital, the health ministry reports. Accordingly, so far nine patients with coronavirus who tested positive for the virus have made a full recovery.
Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday appealed to world leaders to let kindness and compassion be their guide and stop wars, lift all sanctions and barriers, and express solidarity in this time of global crisis.
The Navy conducted a social responsibility program to distribute drinking water and dry ration among religious places and poor families in the North Central Naval Command from March 26 to 27.
The patient's father and sister, who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) from Atalugama area in Bandaragama, were hospitalized after experiencing suspicious symptoms. They were admitted to Nagoda General Hospital, Kalutara.
Blood donation campaigns organized by the Northern and Eastern Naval Commands were held 0n 27th March 2020, with the participation of naval personnel attached to the respective commands.
Yesterday, the government notified all importers of fertilizers and license holders of the distribution that the unhindered fertilizer supply was considered an important service.
Sir Lanka Air Force Station Koggala conducted a blood donation campaign today (27th March 2020). The events was organized with the assistance of Blood Bank of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for the patients who have been infected by COVID-19.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle, Matara, Kaluthara and Kurunagala districts after 2.00 p.m.
No new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Sri Lanka during the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says. The last confirmed patient was identified on Thursday (26) according to the situation report released by the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit earlier in the day.
The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare.
Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund that has been established to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations.
A media circular has been released by the University Grants Commission claiming that the university registration for the academic year 2020 will be delayed until April 09 due to the coronavirus outbreak concerns.
Hon Minister of Health Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Director General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinha, together with several officials Thursday (26)
The Government urges Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to their Motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of COVID – 19 virus minimized.
The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. »
The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. Curfew has been imposed with the sole purpose of to preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issues.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said on Twitter, posting a video message.
Arrangements have been made to facilitate the delivery of drugs to patients who need them through identified pharmacies in their respective areas.
Acting IGP C. D. Wickramaratne has directed police stations to ensure that all supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies in the region, except the state-run Rajya Osu Sala outlets, are immediately closed.
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today came up with many situations that he said the government was likely to face from April 4-11, as some health sector officials have highlighted.
A maximum wholesale price was set yesterday (March 26) for vegetables having effect from midnight. Only 40 rupees can be added to the wholesale price of 1 kilogram of vegetables when sold in the retail market, the Consumer Affairs Authority said.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation HE Yury Materiy on Thursday (26) met Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters.
Entry and delay charges will be exempted during curfew hours on all ships entering Sri Lankan ports, says Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
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The Managing Director of Ace Airways, Mohamed Firaq told One Online that a large number of Maldivians in Sri Lanka wants to return to the Maldives after the COVID-19 outbreak and the company is in discussion with the Maldivian government to have a special charter flight for Maldivians who want to return to the country.
The government has defined the period up to April 10, 2020 as a high-risk time for coronavirus spread and will therefore continue the curfew situation in the western province, a minister said.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka HE Sarah Hulton with a view to receiving an update on the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine process, health condition of British nationals and dual citizens in quarantine, measures being implemented to arrest its transmission, preventive mechanisms, etc called on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army on Wednesday (25) at the Army Headquarters.
According to the Police Media Spokesperson, 4018 people have been arrested for breaching curfew island-wide. Some of the violators were arrested on the roads for loitering, the police said.
The Bureau for Health Promotion has established a telephone hotline for all Coronavirus-related inquiries. The hotline is 1999 and works 24 hours a day, and information can be accessed in all three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The curfew which was imposed in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu was lifted at 6.00 am this morning and will be re-imposed at 2pm today until March 30.
Supporting the government’s effort in assisting low income families affected, during curfew to control the spreading of coronavirus, a group of philanthropists handed over 85 dry ration parcels to be distributed among needy (daily wage earners) in the Colombo district.
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin has informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities have confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on 25 March had tested positive for COVID-19.
As per the directions issued by the Presidential Secretariat on March 23, 2020, Value added tax (VAT) payments due from corporations for the months of February and March 2020 has been extended up to April 30,2020, the Department of Inland Revenue said.
The Navy renovated the Infectious Diseases Unit of the District General Hospital in Vavuniya. The initiative is an extension of the Navy’s ongoing efforts to support the nationwide campaign against spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Another two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Sri Lanka. As of now, the total COVID-19 patients reported from Sri Lanka is 106, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.
Instructions were issued by the Minister of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga to close all Free Trade Zones in the country until further notice.
On President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's directives, the Presidential Secretariat's public relations unit will be open 24 hours. The hotlines were set up on telephone numbers 011-2354550/011-2354655 to lodge complaints about violations of government orders or any inconvenience to the public.
The Sri Lanka Navy has developed a disinfection chamber to prevent and control the spread of new coronavirus.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) has canceled the leave of all police officers as a step to combat the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
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The government has clearly understood the dilemma faced by the people due to the current situation and has taken measures to grant the people a large concessionary package, said Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena.
Two new cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka have been confirmed, says the health ministry.
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Foreign Ministry Launches ‘Contact Sri Lanka’-Online Portal For Overseas Sri Lankans In Collaboration With ICTA »
‘Contact Sri Lanka’ an online portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans was launched today (26 March 2020) at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
“COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” that has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last Monday to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been vested with a set of wide responsibilities .
As per the powers vested in the President under the Constitution, the responsibility to ensure that the civilian life moves on without any hindrance has been bestowed with the Presidential Task Force established to combat COVID – 19 in Sri Lanka.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has included the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, commercial banks, insurances services and the Treasury in the category of essential services.
The Postmaster General reports that during non-curfew hours, all post offices and sub-post offices were ordered to remain open for at least 2 hours a day.
To strengthen the government's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country, the duration from March 30 to April 03 had been declared as a time of' Work from Home,' the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said.
Health Ministry says there have been no records of COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka over the last 24 hours. Until now, 102 patients have been diagnosed with the virus, out of which three have recovered, according to the ministry.
The third batch of 223 returnees who underwent the two-week long quarantine process at Punani (125), Kandakadu (42), Meeyankulam (18) and Diyatalawa (38 including 04 foreigners 2 Iran, 2 Korea) Quarantine Centres (QCs) left for home this morning (26) from respective locations after completion of medical procedures and receipt of Quarantine Certificates.
Four more COVID-19-infected Sri Lankan patients have been completely recovered and discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) today, Hospital sources said.
Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (SLCOG) has opened a 24 hours hotline 0710301225 for the pregnant mothers to assist them concerning pregnancy complications.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to waive off storage charges as a relief measure amidst the coronavirus crisis.
The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has accelerated fishermen's purchase of fish, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today, a program to purchase fish from owners of fishing vessels began at Dickovita Fisheries Harbor on Tuesday and this would be expanded to all other fishing harbors in the next few days. To examine the progress of this initiative, Minister Douglas Devananda visited the harbour.
The health authorities advise anyone who has no good reason to travel to stay at home in the light of evidence that social distancing is the safest way to delay New Coronavirus spread. Countries that have taken strict "stay-at-home" steps have been able to significantly bring down the numbers of sick people.
At yesterday's media briefing, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that not one single positive COVID-19 patient was registered during the first half of the day (25), setting an example to the world. He said, however, that preserving distance was important in holding the Coronavirus at bay in the future too.
A group of 144 individuals who had completed their quarantine procedure left the centre today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.
Dr. Anil Jayasinha, Health Services Director-General reported that as of today evening there were 255 individuals suspected of having COVID-19 on observation in the country.
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Online sellers have been advised by the Consumer Affairs Authority against selling essential goods above the stipulated Maximum Retail Price The authority said legal action would be taken against traders who fail to comply with this directive.