March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020
A Kalubowila Teaching Hospital ward has been closed, the director of hospital said. He further added that after a COVID-19 patient had been identified the decision was made. And it had relocated to quarantine 15 patients and 20 employees.
Police had arrested 173 people for breaching curfew regulations over the six-hour period from 12.00 am to 6.00 pm yesterday (30), police media unit said.
After completion of the two-week long quarantine process, one more batch of 77 returnees from Punani and Galkanda Quarantine Centres (QCs) left for home this morning (29) from respective locations after completion of medical procedures and receipt of their Quarantine Certificates.
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Another 130 persons who had completed their quarantine procedure are scheduled to return to their homes today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.
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.
The Kalutara Health Science Institute is calling on the public to limit patient visits to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara, despite the prevailing situation.
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,
The Government has banned entry of incoming passenger flights at the Bandaranaike International Aiport (BIA) until 7 April.
Another 300 returnees, who underwent 14-day quarantine process, left the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) run quarantine centres today (28).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
So far the police have taken in custody 3,076 curfew violators since the curfew was re-imposed at 6 p.m. Friday (20) A total of 771 vehicles were also confiscated, including bikes and three-wheelers, along with those detained.
The Italian Embassy has issued the following clarifications with regard to certain news items on the COVID-19 situation in Italy appearing in the Sri Lankan press:
The Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission declared that E-Thaksalawa, the official e-learning platform for schools with learning material from grade 1 to grade 13, is now accessible without data charges with the help of all operators enabling school children to study from home.
As of now, one hundred and forty-five (145) people have been sent to the Boossa Naval Base quarantine centre. The Boossa Naval Base quarantine center was set up to facilitate the quarantine of people arriving on the island, at the backdrop where the latest coronavirus is spreading throughout the world.
The Road Development Authority (RDA) says vehicles are permitted to use short distances such as Kottawa, Kadawatha and Katunayake on expressways during the time span curfew is not in effect.
Strictly prohibiting travel between all districts in the country, the Police curfew, which is in force in Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts and the Northern Province will be lifted at 6 am tomorrow (24) and it will be re-imposed at 12 noon on the same day and will continue until 6 am on Friday (March 27).
Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar has requested to consider the evacuation of Sri Lankans living in Myanmar »
The Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar has requested the Sri Lankan government to consider the evacuation of Sri Lankans living in the country.
The National Blood Transfusion Service requests blood donors to donate blood during this crucial period. A special hotline, 0115 332153 has been introduced for donors to avoid overcrowding at the National Blood Centre, Narahenpita during blood donation.
On the instructions of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, the Sri Lanka Air Force conducted Blood Donation Campaigns at various SLAF Establishments. These campaigns were conducted in order to provide required blood stocks to the National Blood Transfusion Service.
Despite the prevailing curfew imposed in the country, vital supplies are being distributed without any hindrance, said Director-General of the Information Department Nalaka Kaluwewa.
Police will allow bank staff to use their valid bank issued identification cards as curfew passes, DIG Ajith Rohana said. This action was taken on the Policing Inspector General's (IGP) Directive.
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.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said four more patients had been tested positive for Covid-19 raising the total number of cases to 81.
resident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to provide free Internet facilities for all undergraduates in State universities, who had registered for e-learning, so that they may continue with their education without any interruption.
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.
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.
The G. C.E. Ordinary level 2019 results will not be published on the scheduled date, the Examination Department said. Previously, the results of the related examination were expected to be published by the end of April 2020, said Examination Commissar Sanath B. Pujitha.
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 Election Commission said it would declare the General Election date after 14 days beginning on April 30th 2020. The Commission reported, issuing the gazette notice, that it was unable to conduct polls on April 25 due to COVID-19 outbreak.
The curfew enforced Friday at 6.00 am is still in force throughout the country. Police media director SP Jaliya Senaratne said 281 people have been arrested for breaking the curfew.
There are currently 3063 people in quarantine at 22 quarantine centres,Covid-19's National Center for Prevention said.
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.
The Customs Department says arrangements have been made to facilitate BOI procedures, as well as clearing imports on critical goods. Customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathne said that employees in the long house, where importers send declaration forms with respect to sea cargo except for motor vehicles, will work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations says a special telephone line, 1912, was set up to complain to tourists about any negative experiences in the country.
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 Tourism Industry has initiated a 24/7 Facilitation Centre to assist Tourists, especially departing passengers in their travel queries, Hotel Accommodation issues, and to provide any information at this difficult situation of the Corona Virus (COVID -19) which has made a devastating impact globally, killing over 8000 worldwide.
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.
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 Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has adopted many measures to ease the exchange rate pressures and avoid financial market panic since of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Police curfew will be re-imposed in 11 police divisions starting today at 2 pm, the spokesman for the police media said.
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.
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
All trips and tours like educational trips or leisure tours will be prohibited from yesterday (18), said DIG Ajith Rohana.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as Finance Minister, has decided to waive all taxes on imported face masks and sanitizers with effect from midnight today in order to further improve the health security programme
The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine has postponed all exams, said A. L. Basnayake, the Health & Indigenous Medicine Ministry Director
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.
Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday ordered Sri Lankan Railways (SLR) officials to sanitize all of the country's railway stations and trains to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading.
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 Ministry of Defence has taken over the Department of Immigration and Emigration. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (17) issued the appropriate notification to the gazette.
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.
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.
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.
The Prisons Department has decided to ban visitors from prisons from tomorrow (March 18) in a bid to curb the Coronavirus spread.
The Government has taken several more measures to limit congregation of people in the wake of COVID – 19 outbreak in the country. Several decisions related to justice and prison activities will be implemented from today
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on (15) proposed to leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to formulate a collective response to combat COVID – 19. He further called for SAARC Ministerial Meeting to discuss measures to overcome this deadly health threat.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested two people for spreading disinformation about Coronavirus(Covid-19) on social media. Police said the two suspects, who are from the areas of Ragama and Bandaragama, are to be presented in court.
The Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) will contest some districts on its own at the upcoming General Election, said SLFP Secretary General Dayasiri Jayasekara.
The Ministry of Transport Management Services and the Department of Motor Traffic have jointly agreed to suspend all operations related to the renewal and issuance of driving licenses until further notice with a view to preventing crowds from assembling and curtailing the risk of further spreading the COVID-19 virus.
National Eye Hospital says visit only of an emergency due to due to the possibility of corona virus spread »
Health officials are advising the public to visit the National Eye Hospital only in case of an emergency due to the possibility of coronavirus spread.
Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs says all museums in the country will be temporarily closed until further notice as a precautionary measure to control the COVID-19 outbreak.
Today the Department of Examinations released a media circulation announcing that all exams scheduled to take place on March (31) would be postponed until further notice about the coronavirus outbreak's raising concerns.
Further to certain news reports that a SriLankan Airlines First Officer has been tested positive for coronavirus, the Airline wishes to clarify and place on record the below.
The Ministry of Public Administration says there has been no final decision on declaring additional holidays in the country. Cabinet Secretary S. Hettiarachchi, speaking today to a press conference, said after reviewing the situation, a final decision will be taken on the matter.
Guidelines for workplace hygiene issued by Health Ministry issues guidelines for workplace hygiene »
Recently the c released a set of guidelines for COVID-19 workplace preparedness. The Ministry has guided workplaces to encourage frequent and thorough hand washing among employees by communicating the need to do so through posters and the intranet, and by disseminating information during meetings.
Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith emphasized that there should be no mass on Sundays and weekdays until the end of March, in an effort to control the COVID-19 spread.
The police will issue Police Clearance Certificates as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus via an online service. This decision was taken as the number of patients in Sri Lanka who were diagnosed with the Coronavirus increased to 11.
The Presidential Task Force announces that a hotline has been established for .the public to obtain or notify any details regarding the Coronavirus situation. Such inquiries or notifications could be made on the hotline 117.
In issuing a note, Badrani Jayawardena, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, announced that, in view of the Coronavirus outbreak(Covid-19), all health-related facilities have been declared essential to ensure that hospital services are carried out without obstacles.
Another Sri Lankan has confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 marking the 11th case in Sri Lanka, Health Services Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. The patient is a male aged 45 who is discovered to have been a traveling companion of the other Sri Lankan male with coronavirus who had arrived from Germany.
The Zoological gardens, botanical gardens and national parks under the purview of the Wildlife Department are to be closed for the next two weeks. Accordingly, the Dehiwala National Zoo, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, Pinnawala zoo and
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has initiated a “BIMSTEC Flag and Logo Competition”.
The Government Information Department says a public, mercantile, and bank holiday will be declared on March 16.
Yesterday the Government warned those who spread false information about COVID-19 that under the Quarantine Ordinance they would face harsh penalties. Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena pointed out that some people are spreading rumors via social media and bringing the country into various difficulties to obtain personal benefits.
The Government has requested the public not to get panic and stockpiling goods from supermarkets and other retail shops due to fears triggered after some rumors of conducting house-to-house quarantines to detect Corona virus (COVID- 19) carriers.
Island-wide tuition masters were asked not to conduct classes for a period of 2 weeks from today (13) in compliance with the government's decision, the professional association of lecturers said.
All Buddhist Dhamma schools will be closed until April 26, said Buddhist Affairs Commissar-General Sunanda Kariyapperuma. This action was taken in line with the Ministry of Education's decision to move ahead to 13 March for the first term holidays.
An awareness programme on COVID – 19 is now underway for the staff members of Ministries, Departments and Corporations.
Flights from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to Sri Lanka will be temporarily suspended to prevent coronavirus spread in Sri Lanka, it has been announced today.
The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe confirmed one more positive test for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. The 44-year-old individual who had stayed with the first Sri Lankan patient was diagnosed with the virus, according to the government information department.