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As curfew continues Colombo Stock Exchange to remain closed

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Public encouraged the use of ATMs and cash deposit limit due to Corona Outbreak

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You can call to Task Force Operation Centre now

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Allowances for Senior Citizens and Persons with Special Needs

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Sri Lanka cricketers donate funds to purchase health equipment

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Cautions public of extreme temperature – Department of Meteorology

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More than 200 curfew violators caught within 6 hours today

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Second Sri Lankan death reported in UK today

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Public requested to limit visits to Nagoda Hospital

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One more Covid-19 patient discharged from IDH

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Clinic Patients of Government Hospitals to Receive Medicines Home-Delivered from today

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Leo Burnett Sri Lanka Emerges Most Awarded Agency at Inaugural Epica Awards

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Total Covid-19 cases rise to 115 – Ministry of Health

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Legal action against curfew violators – DIG Ajith Rohana

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Three more villages sealed-off as precautionary measures

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Special Forces Help Replenish Emergency Blood Stocks

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Commander Inspects Construction Site of the New Kitchen Complex

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Pension payments to pay on 2nd & 3rd of April

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Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice

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Final rites of deceased COVID-19 patient under WHO regulations

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BIA extends ban on incoming passenger flights till 7 April 2020

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Asian markets mostly up, dollar sinks on stimulus pledges

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Wurth 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament at RCGC Attracts Over 200 Players

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Frontline workers battling COVID-19 receive close to half a million serves of Nestlé food and beverage products, worth Rs. 15 million

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Abbott Launches 5-Minute Virus Test for Use Almost Anywhere

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Condom shortage looms after coronavirus lockdown shuts world’s top producer

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Atlas invents AGV Robot to support Sri Lanka’s medical personnel combating Coronavirus

Second Sri Lankan death reported in UK today

Second Sri Lankan death reported in UK today »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

One more Covid-19 patient discharged from IDH

One more Covid-19 patient discharged from IDH »

29 Mar, 2020

One more patient diagnosed with Covid-19 has been recovered and discharged from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Health Ministry said.

Sri Lankan male dies at COVID-19 in London

Sri Lankan male dies at COVID-19 in London »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

Coronavirus: Another 03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 and total raise to 113

Coronavirus: Another 03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 and total raise to 113 »

28 Mar, 2020

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

Hotlines introduced to address public issues during Covid-19 outbreak

Hotlines introduced to address public issues during Covid-19 outbreak »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Coronavirus:  First death from Covid-19  reported short while ago – MoH

Coronavirus: First death from Covid-19 reported short while ago – MoH »

28 Mar, 2020

First COVID-19 death has been reported from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.

Four more new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka

Four more new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka »

28 Mar, 2020

Four more COVID-19 patients were reported in Sri Lanka, bringing a total number of infected individuals to 110, the Ministry of Health says.

Coronavirus: One more new patient tested posive Covid-19 and total tise to 107

Coronavirus: One more new patient tested posive Covid-19 and total tise to 107 »

28 Mar, 2020

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

Two more patients with COVID-19 recovered and discharged

Two more patients with COVID-19 recovered and discharged »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Bandaragama coronavirus patient’s father & sister hospitalized to Nagoda General Hospital

Bandaragama coronavirus patient’s father & sister hospitalized to Nagoda General Hospital »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

No new positive cases of COVID-19 for last 24 hours

No new positive cases of COVID-19 for last 24 hours »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Another two more new cases positive for Covid-19 and total rise to 106 up to now

Another two more new cases positive for Covid-19 and total rise to 106 up to now »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed – Ministry of Health.

Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed – Ministry of Health. »

26 Mar, 2020

Two new cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka have been confirmed, says the health ministry.

No new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka for the second consecutive day

No new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka for the second consecutive day »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Four patients who recovered from COVID-19 discharged today

Four patients who recovered from COVID-19 discharged today »

26 Mar, 2020

Four more COVID-19-infected Sri Lankan patients have been completely recovered and discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) today, Hospital sources said.

255 cases  suspected COVID-19 under observation – Dr. Anil Jayasinha

255 cases suspected COVID-19 under observation – Dr. Anil Jayasinha »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

No new positive Coronavirus patients in the country

No new positive Coronavirus patients in the country »

25 Mar, 2020

As of 4.30 p.m., health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi says. Today (25), no new positive Coronavirus patients in the country were registered within the day. The minister confirmed this at COVID-19 Outbreak National Operation Centre.

Sri Lanka confirmed 102 Covid-19 cases and 03 recovered from the total count

Sri Lanka confirmed 102 Covid-19 cases and 03 recovered from the total count »

25 Mar, 2020

Confirmed positive Covid-19 cases count in Sri Lanka has risen to 102, as the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit confirmed a total of five infected people were recorded in the course of yesterday.

02nd Sri Lankan Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged morning today

02nd Sri Lankan Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged morning today »

25 Mar, 2020

The patient who had screened the novel coronavirus as positive, COVID-19, has recovered from the disease. The completely recovered person was officially discharged today from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Angoda (25).

100 new Covid-19 patients confirmed as of 2.45pm today

100 new Covid-19 patients confirmed as of 2.45pm today »

24 Mar, 2020

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the country has crossed triple digits. positive patients number as at 2.45 p.m. It's 100 today, the ministry said Tuesday.

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward »

24 Mar, 2020

A group of 311 returnees who underwent the two-week long quarantine process at Punani (203) and Kandakadu (108) left those Quarantine Centers after completion of medical procedures and receipt of Quarantine Certificates this morning (24).

Follow proper procedures to avoid Corona virus – Govt. appeals to the public

Follow proper procedures to avoid Corona virus – Govt. appeals to the public »

24 Mar, 2020

The government appealed to the people to follow the procedures introduced to safeguard against the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country and to protect the lives of the people.

Another 03 more new patient confirmed and COVID-19 cases rise to 97

Another 03 more new patient confirmed and COVID-19 cases rise to 97 »

23 Mar, 2020

Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Sri Lanka. The total number of Lankans who have contracted COVID-19 to 94, says Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

Five more new patients confirmed Covid-19 as of today

Five more new patients confirmed Covid-19 as of today »

23 Mar, 2020

Five more patients today (23) tested positive for the COVID-19 infection, Health Services Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. Therefore the total number of cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka has risen to 91.

First Sri Lankan Coronavirus infected recovered and discharged this morning

First Sri Lankan Coronavirus infected recovered and discharged this morning »

23 Mar, 2020

First Sri Lankan Coronavirus infected Sri Lankan patient, the 52-year-old tour guide, completely recovered and discharged from the IDH in Angoda this morning, health officials said today that the tour guide, who provided services to a group of Italian tourists, was admitted to the IDH on March 11.

86 Covid-19 patients as of now

86 Covid-19 patients as of now »

23 Mar, 2020

Since yesterday (22) in Sri Lanka five more patients have been confirmed positive for the Coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 86, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has said.

Follow proper procedures to avoid Covid-19– Government urges to the public

Follow proper procedures to avoid Covid-19– Government urges to the public »

23 Mar, 2020

The government called on citizens to follow the procedures implemented to protect against the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country, and to protect people's lives.

Emergency credit available to prepaid users »

22 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission reported that, based on TRCSL guidelines, all operators have agreed and now have a system for providing emergency credit and extra talk time for prepaid customers who might have trouble purchasing top-ups because of curfew.

Prohibited to issue Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine without a valid prescription: NMRA »

22 Mar, 2020

Director-General/CEO of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA) Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe has issued a notice to all Retail Pharmacy owners ordering them not to issue Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine without a valid prescription from a Specialist Medical Officer.

Vehicles carrying food, critical items allowed to continue during curfew

Vehicles carrying food, critical items allowed to continue during curfew »

22 Mar, 2020

Vehicles that transport food and critical products to island-wide economic centers will be permitted to proceed during curfew hours, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

04 more new cases positive for Covid-19 »

22 Mar, 2020

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said four more patients had been tested positive for Covid-19 raising the total number of cases to 81.

Arrival terminal stays closed permanently until further notice »

22 Mar, 2020

The government has agreed to extend indefinitely the closure of the arrival terminal at the airport to prevent the imported new cases of Coronavirus in the country. The departure terminal remains operational. The departing passengers are also permitted flights into the country.

Curfew for Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, and Jaffna further extended till 6am Tuesday

Curfew for Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, and Jaffna further extended till 6am Tuesday »

22 Mar, 2020

All island curfew which enforced has been extended till 6 am on Tuesday for districts of Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, and Jaffna.

Two more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 »

22 Mar, 2020

Another two more people were diagnosed with COVID-19, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said. This brings to 80 the total number of positive cases with COVID-19.

One more person confirmed Covid-19 »

22 Mar, 2020

According to the Health Promotion Bureau, one more person was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which took the total to 78. In addition, hospitals have 222 people suspected of being sick.

All Buddhist pilgrims stranded in India repatriated

All Buddhist pilgrims stranded in India repatriated »

22 Mar, 2020

With a total of 48 Buddhist pilgrims returning in the last SriLankan Airlines dedicated flight that departed New Delhi at 05:10 hrs. today (22)

Virus deaths surge past 13,000 as one billion confined to homes

Virus deaths surge past 13,000 as one billion confined to homes »

22 Mar, 2020

Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record.

COVID-19 confirmed two patients are in ICU at IDH -Dr. Anil Jasinghe said »

22 Mar, 2020

The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said two patients diagnosed with COVID-19 are currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).

SLAF Contributes to Government’s Efforts to Control the COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka

SLAF Contributes to Government’s Efforts to Control the COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka »

22 Mar, 2020

The first Quarantine Centre set up by the Sri Lanka Air Force in Vanni is currently housing 206 passengers who have returned from overseas. In addition the Directorate of Health Services are also in the process of establishing Quarantine Centre’s in Palaly, Iranamadu and Mullaitivu.

Concept paper submits Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin for COVID-19 Treatment-GMOA

Concept paper submits Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin for COVID-19 Treatment-GMOA »

22 Mar, 2020

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has handed over a concept paper prepared by Professor Kamini Mendis on the treatment of COVID-19 patients with drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in the COVID19 Task Force meeting yesterday.

3063 persons in 22 quarantine centres »

22 Mar, 2020

There are currently 3063 people in quarantine at 22 quarantine centres,Covid-19's National Center for Prevention said.

Neville Fernando and Castle Street Hospitals ready to treat pregnant mothers

Neville Fernando and Castle Street Hospitals ready to treat pregnant mothers »

22 Mar, 2020

Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe and Borella Castle Street Hospital are to be used to treat pregnant mothers who are suspected of having contracted the Coronavirus, said Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe.

Total Covid-19 confirmed patients raised to 77 as of now »

21 Mar, 2020

Another person in Sri Lanka has tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of infected people to 77, says health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi. Earlier tonight (21), there are four new cases of positive coronavirus(Covid-19) in the world.

Cooperative stores will be open to the general public once the curfew is lifted

Cooperative stores will be open to the general public once the curfew is lifted »

21 Mar, 2020

Cooperative Development Commissioner Suwinda Singapulli has told that, once the curfew is lifted, all Cooperative stores will be open to the general public to buy essential food products.

Curfew extended till 24th Tuesday for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts

Curfew extended till 24th Tuesday for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts »

21 Mar, 2020

The curfew which imposed for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts has been further extended until 6.00 am on Tuesday (24), says the President’s Media Division (PMD).

Navy disinfects a number of places in Mundalama

Navy disinfects a number of places in Mundalama »

21 Mar, 2020

Yet another sterilization programme conducted by Sri Lanka Navy to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the country was held at Mundalama Police station, court premises, district hospital and prison of Puttalam on 19th and 20th March 2020.

97 pilgrims from Sri Lanka who returned to Sri Lanka sent to quarantine centre in Anuradhapura »

21 Mar, 2020

A group of 97 pilgrims from Sri Lanka who returned to Sri Lanka this morning was sent to the Anuradhapura quarantine centre, theCovid-19 National Operation Center for Prevention, reported.

04 more new patients confirmed positive for Covid-19

04 more new patients confirmed positive for Covid-19 »

21 Mar, 2020

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today that 4 more people from Anuradhapura Hospital had tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of patients to 76.

Navy sterilizes Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour for the second time

Navy sterilizes Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour for the second time »

21 Mar, 2020

As part of Sri Lanka Navy’s sterilization programmes in action to keep the coronavirus at bay, similar disinfection programmes were conducted at the Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour yesterday

8437 Sri Lankan returned so far and 4498 are from Western Province

8437 Sri Lankan returned so far and 4498 are from Western Province »

21 Mar, 2020

Heeding a police order, 8437 Sri Lankans who returned from overseas to the country had registered with police. Of these, 4498 are from the western province, 1187 are from the central province and 742 are from the province of Wayamba, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa urges the public to follow medical and government advices »

21 Mar, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday  (20) urged the public to take well-thought decisions in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic while ensuring that the government has taken the necessary measures to deal with any crisis situation.

Italy’s coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in a day, elderly at high risk

Italy’s coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in a day, elderly at high risk »

21 Mar, 2020

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has leapt by 627 to 4,032, officials said on Friday, an increase of 18.4% - by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago.

Jack Ma Sending 1.8 Million Masks and Aid to Asia including Sri Lanka

Jack Ma Sending 1.8 Million Masks and Aid to Asia including Sri Lanka »

21 Mar, 2020

Jack Ma, Asia’s richest man, pledged 1.8 million face masks and 210,000 coronavirus test kits to some of the continent’s poorest nations, the latest step in an ongoing effort from his foundation to push back against what’s become a global pandemic.

Army Commander Shavendra Silva washing his hands before attending a meeting #Covid19

Army Commander Shavendra Silva washing his hands before attending a meeting #Covid19 »

21 Mar, 2020

Showing an example for all! Army Commander Shavendra Silva washing his hands before attending a meeting #Covid19

Two more new Covid-19 patients confimed »

20 Mar, 2020

Two more people have verified Corona virus positively, bringing the total number of cases in Sri Lanka to 72, said Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases raised to 70 »

20 Mar, 2020

Sri Lanka has reported more positive Covid-19 cases taking the total number to 70, says Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

Postal services suspended until further notice – Postmaster General »

20 Mar, 2020

Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne says it will suspend all postal services in the country until further notice.

Additonal buses and trains operate to reduce the transport congestion before curfew »

20 Mar, 2020

The Transport Ministry says there will be extra trains and buses running from Pettah and Fort in Colombo to cater for the rush before curfew is enforced. The ministry said the decision was taken to reduce station and public transport congestion in advance of the curfew to be enforced tonight.

All sightseeing journeys, pilgrimages & picnics are prohibited until further notice

All sightseeing journeys, pilgrimages & picnics are prohibited until further notice »

20 Mar, 2020

With immediate effect until further notice the government has banned leisure trips, pilgrimages and tours within the country. The President Media Division (PMD), issuing a communiqué in this regard, stated that this decision enters into force as a preventive measure to protect the general public against the risks of coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Passengers from Sri Lanka can enter the airport by flying tickets, passports »

20 Mar, 2020

The SriLankan Airlines announced that passengers flying out would arrive at the airport during the curfew time by issuing their air tickets and passports to security forces and checkpoints.

All highways closed at 4pm and Train Service will suspend from 3.30pm today due to Covid-19 »

20 Mar, 2020

The Road Development Authority (RDA) says that from 4 p.m. today (20) onwards all expressways will be closed to motorists.

06 more new Covid-19 positive patients confirmed

06 more new Covid-19 positive patients confirmed »

20 Mar, 2020

The Ministry of Health has announced that six more patients have tested Coronavirus positive (COVID-19) taking the total number of confirmed cases to 65 in the country.

Curfew lifted temporarily in Puttlam, Chilaw, Negambo, Ja-Ela, and Wattala for a short time period

Curfew lifted temporarily in Puttlam, Chilaw, Negambo, Ja-Ela, and Wattala for a short time period »

20 Mar, 2020

The curfew which was imposed in below police divisions temporarily lifted at 09.00 am today and will reimpose 12.00 pm today.

All island curfew imposed from today 6.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am – PMD

All island curfew imposed from today 6.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am – PMD »

20 Mar, 2020

An island-wide curfew will be imposed from 6 pm today (20) until 6 am on Monday (23), the President’s Office announced.

Defence Ministry calls for more public support to fight against COVID-19

Defence Ministry calls for more public support to fight against COVID-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

While strictly warning rumour mongers to avoid making misleading statements using the cyber space to create unnecessary tension among people over the Government’s efforts to mitigate coronavirus or COVID – 19, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has requested all Sri Lankans, including those who are living abroad, to support Government’s efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak by being indoors and following the advices given by the Health and Defence ministries.

Police curfew imposed in Wattala and Ja-Ela »

19 Mar, 2020

Curfew has been imposed in the Wattala and Ja-Ela Police Divisions from 10.00 pm until further notice, the Government Information Department said in a statement.

March 20th to 27th declared as ‘Work from home week’ »

19 Mar, 2020

The government has taken every possible measure to contain the spread of COVID – 19. It is the responsibility of every government, semi-government and private entities as well as the general public to ensure that the situation does to escalate to a pandemic.

Court to use video technology to hear cases

Court to use video technology to hear cases »

19 Mar, 2020

The Judicial Service Commission has issued a special circular describing criterion for court proceedings for a week from tomorrow (20), with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country.

Police curfew enforced in 11 police divisions today at 2.oo pm »

19 Mar, 2020

Police curfew will be re-imposed in 11 police divisions starting today at 2 pm, the spokesman for the police media said.

03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19

03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

Today three more Coronavirus patients were confirmed bringing the total confirmed cases to 59 in Sri Lanka.

Four more patients have tested positive for Covid-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

Four more patients have tested positive for Coronavirus taking the total number of confirmed cases to 56 in Sri Lanka, said Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services.

General Election 2020 to be postponed – Mahinda Deshapriya

General Election 2020 to be postponed – Mahinda Deshapriya »

19 Mar, 2020

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the 2020 general election, scheduled for next month. Holding a special media briefing this afternoon (19)

Advisory Measures to Counter Covid-19 At The Workplace »

19 Mar, 2020

As you are aware, we are now battling against the COVID-19 outbreak. In this difficult situation, we seek assistance from members to follow the recommendations stated below at your workplace

02 more positive new patients confirmed today – Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry »

19 Mar, 2020

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country has gone up by 2, bringing the total to 52 cases, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry. Meanwhile, 243 suspected Covid-19 patients are currently being treated at selected hospitals in the country

Government to declare 6-day period of “work from home” for public, private sectors – PMD »

19 Mar, 2020

The government decided to declare six days of "work from home"  from 20 – 27 March for public and private sectors. More details will be notified through mainstream media.

No new local cases outside of Hubei for 3rd day straight

No new local cases outside of Hubei for 3rd day straight »

19 Mar, 2020

Mainland China reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, for the third straight day, while major Chinese cities remained on alert for imported infections.

Italy coronavirus deaths rise by record 475 in a day

Italy coronavirus deaths rise by record 475 in a day »

19 Mar, 2020

The number of people dying from coronavirus in Italy has risen by 475 in one day to nearly 3,000 - the biggest increase since the outbreak. There are a total of 35,713 confirmed cases in the country, with more than 4,000 having successfully recovered.

All Countries Should Prepare for Coronavirus Epidemic

All Countries Should Prepare for Coronavirus Epidemic »

19 Mar, 2020

The World Health Organization warns many countries are facing the escalating pandemic of COVID-19, and that all should be prepared to tackle this deadly virus before it arrives within their borders. WHO reports the number of coronavirus cases globally now tops 200,000, including more than 8,000 deaths.

Transit stay permuted on maximum of 06 hours due to Covid-19 impact – CAA »

19 Mar, 2020

The maximum permissible transit time for passengers to fly through Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was limited to no more than six hours, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today.

All officials notified to reduce Covid-19

All officials notified to reduce Covid-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

All officials of the education field including Education Ministry officials have been notified under circular ED/ 01/21/3/9 on March 13th that measures should be taken to educate the teachers, students andother staff members regarding the measures needed to be taken in order to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus which has now been declared as an epidemic by the WHO.

The Ministry of Health has prepared  24 hospitals for the Corona patients

The Ministry of Health has prepared 24 hospitals for the Corona patients »

19 Mar, 2020

The Ministry of Health has prepared 24 hospitals that cover the whole island to treat patients in their respective districts, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

All trips or tours banned until further notice »

19 Mar, 2020

All trips and tours like educational trips or leisure tours will be prohibited from yesterday (18), said DIG Ajith Rohana.

New coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days: study

New coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days: study »

18 Mar, 2020

The novel coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days or in the air for several hours, according to a US-government funded study published Tuesday. Scientists found that the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease had similar levels of viability outside the body to its predecessor that caused SARS.

Global virus infections top 200,000 as nations tighten clampdowns

Global virus infections top 200,000 as nations tighten clampdowns »

18 Mar, 2020

The number of global coronavirus infections shot past 200,000 on Wednesday, as governments across Europe, North America and Asia rolled out tough measures to put the brakes on the ferocious spread of the deadly pandemic.

US-Canada border to close amid virus crisis

US-Canada border to close amid virus crisis »

18 Mar, 2020

US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to close the US-Canada border to all non-essential travel in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

08 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 today – NOCPCO »

18 Mar, 2020

08 New COVID-19 cases reported today from Sri Lanka, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi announced a short time ago. With the total number of patients infected by the Corona virus in Sri Lanka, the Chinese recovered patient has now exceeded 50.

Police enforced curfew in Puttalam, Chilaw, and Negambo police division starting from 4.30pm today »

18 Mar, 2020

Starting this evening (18), the government has decided to enforce police curfew in Negombo's Puttalam District and Kochchikade Police Divisions. Accordingly, the curfew will be enforced this evening from 4.30 pm until further notice, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Issuing vehicle revenue licences temporarily suspended till end of March 2020 »

18 Mar, 2020

According to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, and Provincial Councils and Local Government, all Divisional Secretariats including the Department of Motor Traffic have been instructed not to issue vehicle revenue licenses or related services with effect from yesterday (17) until 31 March.

Government decides to suspend all passenger arrivals from midnight today (18) »

18 Mar, 2020

The government has made a decision to stop all passengers arriving in the country today from midnight (18), said COVID-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva Head of National Operation Center for Prevention.

All types of visas issued to foreigners extended for one month further »

18 Mar, 2020

The Immigration and Emigration Controller General has decided to extend the validity period of all types of foreigner visas currently in Sri Lanka,

SLAF CBRNE Wing Continues Quarantine Measures of arriving passengers at BIA »

18 Mar, 2020

The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive Wing of the SLAF continues to assist in the quarantine and disinfecting effort hand in hand with medical teams at the Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA) which is the main air transportation hub of the island.

Quarantine centre set up at Boossa naval premises

Quarantine centre set up at Boossa naval premises »

18 Mar, 2020

In the backdrop where COVID-19 outbreak has turned out to be pandemic across the world, Sri Lanka Navy shouldering the national responsibility has swiftly set up a quarantine centre at the Boossa naval premises on 16th March 2020 to accommodate the influx of passengers from affected countries.

Navy undertakes sterilization of Trincomalee bus station

Navy undertakes sterilization of Trincomalee bus station »

18 Mar, 2020

In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID – 19 in the country, Sri Lanka Navy threw its weight behind sterilization of the Trincomalee bus station on 17th March 2020.

Sri Lanka Diplomatic Missions In India Coordinate Early Return Of Buddhist Pilgrims To Sri Lanka »

18 Mar, 2020

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi and the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, are effectively coordinating and facilitating the arrangements for the early return of Sri Lankan Buddhist pilgrims currently in India. These measures come in the wake of the travel and other restrictions that have arisen due to the rapidly spreading Covid-19.

All religious sites closed to visitors until further notice

All religious sites closed to visitors until further notice »

18 Mar, 2020

Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Secretary of Cultural and Religious Affairs M. K. Bandula Harischandra released a statement notifying the public that all historic sites will be closed during a government-imposed holiday time due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Govt. urges more public support to control spreading of COVID -19

Govt. urges more public support to control spreading of COVID -19 »

18 Mar, 2020

The Government has urged passengers, who have returned from coronavirus hit countries from March 1 to 9, to undergo self-quarantine in their homes to avoid spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), today.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa orders relief package for people affected by COVID-19

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa orders relief package for people affected by COVID-19 »

17 Mar, 2020

The President has stipulated a fixed retail price of Rs 65 for 1-kilo dhal and Rs 100 for a tin of canned fish. Addressing the country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a relief package for the citizens affected by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

More decision to contain COVID – 19 outbreak

More decision to contain COVID – 19 outbreak »

17 Mar, 2020

As a measure to contain the outbreak of COVID – 19 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to suspend all inbound passenger flights to the country for 2 weeks with effect from mid-night tomorrow

President wants ad-hoc actions halted »

17 Mar, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed that no instruction or communication by any Government Agency is issued without the prior concurrence of the Presidential Secretariat and any such action is taken only in consultation with the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva who is the head of the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID – 19 outbreak.