March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 29, 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 patient diagnosed with Covid-19 has been recovered and discharged from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Health Ministry said.
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.
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
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.
First COVID-19 death has been reported from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.
Four more COVID-19 patients were reported in Sri Lanka, bringing a total number of infected individuals to 110, the Ministry of Health says.
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 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.
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 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 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 in Sri Lanka have been confirmed, says the health ministry.
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 more COVID-19-infected Sri Lankan patients have been completely recovered and discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) today, Hospital sources said.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 that transport food and critical products to island-wide economic centers will be permitted to proceed during curfew hours, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said four more patients had been tested positive for Covid-19 raising the total number of cases to 81.
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 »
All island curfew which enforced has been extended till 6 am on Tuesday for districts of Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, and Jaffna.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
There are currently 3063 people in quarantine at 22 quarantine centres,Covid-19's National Center for Prevention said.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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, 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.
Showing an example for all! Army Commander Shavendra Silva washing his hands before attending a meeting #Covid19
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.
Sri Lanka has reported more positive Covid-19 cases taking the total number to 70, says Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.
Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne says it will suspend all postal services in the country until further notice.
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.
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.
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.
The Road Development Authority (RDA) says that from 4 p.m. today (20) onwards all expressways will be closed to motorists.
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 »
The curfew which was imposed in below police divisions temporarily lifted at 09.00 am today and will reimpose 12.00 pm today.
An island-wide curfew will be imposed from 6 pm today (20) until 6 am on Monday (23), the President’s Office announced.
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.
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.
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.
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 will be re-imposed in 11 police divisions starting today at 2 pm, the spokesman for the police media said.
Today three more Coronavirus patients were confirmed bringing the total confirmed cases to 59 in Sri Lanka.
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.
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the 2020 general election, scheduled for next month. Holding a special media briefing this afternoon (19)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 that cover the whole island to treat patients in their respective districts, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.
All trips and tours like educational trips or leisure tours will be prohibited from yesterday (18), said DIG Ajith Rohana.
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.
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 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 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 »
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.
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.
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.
The Immigration and Emigration Controller General has decided to extend the validity period of all types of foreigner visas currently in Sri Lanka,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.