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Akbar Brothers pledges Rs. 100 m in Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19

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Issuing curfew passes temporarily limited will imposed

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Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore was closed for two weeks

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All operations from Kollupitiya HNB closed for 14 days

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A ward of Kalubowila Hospital closed

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Muttiah, Sanga, and Mahela involved in donating for covid-19

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7,098 curfew violators under police custody

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Every Samurdhi family to receive Rs. 10,000 – Samurdhi Department DG

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Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) closed today

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Large contributions for COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund

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Sri Lanka Missions in South Asia work towards ensuring safety of Sri Lankan expatriates in the region

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Mainly fair weather will continue in country

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: New dates confirmed for 2021

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NCE offers digital services to exporters to effect shipments without disruption

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All international Airports in Sri Lanka will continue to be closed until 7 April 2020

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Beijing sends medical supplies to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal, and Maldives

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Special charter flight operates from Colombo to Bhutan bring home 93 students

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No decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam

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Lalan Rubbers (Pvt) Ltd. hands over 20,000 latex gloves to Sri Lanka Navy

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Anyone who refuses to file for quarantine is arrested

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7th Batch of 134 Quarantined Returnees Leave Home-bound

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CB of Sri Lanka implements Extraordinary Regulatory Measures to facilitate Banks to support COVID-19 affected Businesses and Individuals

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Second death of COVID-19 reported in Sri Lanka

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07 decision taken today at the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services at the Temple Trees

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5 members of the family tested positive for COVID-19 in Chilaw today

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77 More Returnees from Punani & Galkanda QCs Leave for Home

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Contact numbers of Cargills home delivery service

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NCE offers digital services to exporters to effect shipments

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Haycarb, DPL and Eco Solutions donate Rs. 10.6 mn medical equipment to IDH

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Total Covid-19 patients rise to 122 with adding two more new patients

A ward of Kalubowila Hospital closed

A ward of Kalubowila Hospital closed »

31 Mar, 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.

7,098 curfew violators under police custody

7,098 curfew violators under police custody »

31 Mar, 2020

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.

77 More Returnees from Punani & Galkanda QCs Leave for Home

77 More Returnees from Punani & Galkanda QCs Leave for Home »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

Contact numbers of Cargills home delivery service

Contact numbers of Cargills home delivery service »

30 Mar, 2020

Local News: Cargills home delivery, List of contact numbers of outlets courtesy::Socail Media Post

 

 

Another 130 people who complets their quarantine to go home today

Another 130 people who complets their quarantine to go home today »

30 Mar, 2020

Another 130 persons who had completed their quarantine procedure are scheduled to return to their homes today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

ENT surgeon says to protect your kids from accidents

ENT surgeon says to protect your kids from accidents »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

You can call to Task Force Operation Centre now

You can call to Task Force Operation Centre now »

29 Mar, 2020

The general public can communicate with the Task Force Operation Centre through the telephone numbers given below.

Public requested to limit visits to Nagoda Hospital

Public requested to limit visits to Nagoda Hospital »

29 Mar, 2020

The Kalutara Health Science Institute is calling on the public to limit patient visits to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara, despite the prevailing situation.

Three more villages sealed-off as precautionary measures

Three more villages sealed-off as precautionary measures »

29 Mar, 2020

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.  

Special Forces Help Replenish Emergency Blood Stocks

Special Forces Help Replenish Emergency Blood Stocks »

29 Mar, 2020

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,

BIA extends ban on incoming passenger flights till 7 April 2020

BIA extends ban on incoming passenger flights till 7 April 2020 »

29 Mar, 2020

The Government has banned entry of incoming passenger flights at the Bandaranaike International Aiport (BIA) until 7 April.

Another 300 returnees undergoing quarantine process were released today

Another 300 returnees undergoing quarantine process were released today »

28 Mar, 2020

Another 300 returnees, who underwent 14-day quarantine process, left the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) run quarantine centres today (28).

Medicines to be delivered home at Govt hospitals during curfew

Medicines to be delivered home at Govt hospitals during curfew »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Deadline for 2020 university registration postponed until Apr 9

Deadline for 2020 university registration postponed until Apr 9 »

27 Mar, 2020

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 orders to close all supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies

Acting IGP orders to close all supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Maximum wholesale price for vegetables

Maximum wholesale price for vegetables »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

More than 4000 people arrested over curfew violation

More than 4000 people arrested over curfew violation »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Death of Sri Lankan National in Switzerland

Death of Sri Lankan National in Switzerland »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Navy renovates Infectious Diseases Unit at District General Hospital – Vavuniya

Navy renovates Infectious Diseases Unit at District General Hospital – Vavuniya »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

More than 3,000 curfew violators under custody so far

More than 3,000 curfew violators under custody so far »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Italian Embassy issues statement on COVID-19 »

26 Mar, 2020

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:

E-Thaksalawa accessible made free of data charges

E-Thaksalawa accessible made free of data charges »

25 Mar, 2020

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) persons quarantined under Navy’s care

As of now one hundred and forty five (145) persons quarantined under Navy’s care »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Vehicles allowed to use short distances on expressways during non-curfew hours

Vehicles allowed to use short distances on expressways during non-curfew hours »

24 Mar, 2020

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.

Curfew re-imposed to restrict people’s movements – Acting IGP C.D.Wickramaratne

Curfew re-imposed to restrict people’s movements – Acting IGP C.D.Wickramaratne »

24 Mar, 2020

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 »

24 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar has requested the Sri Lankan government to consider the evacuation of Sri Lankans living in the country.

Please donate Blood during this crucial period

Please donate Blood during this crucial period »

23 Mar, 2020

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.

SLAF Extends Support to National Blood Transfusion Service

SLAF Extends Support to National Blood Transfusion Service »

23 Mar, 2020

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 curfew imposed in the country vital supplies are being distributed – Info DG Nalaka

Despite curfew imposed in the country vital supplies are being distributed – Info DG Nalaka »

23 Mar, 2020

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.

Bank ID as a curfew pass for its staff »

23 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Free internet facilities for E-learning in State Universities

Free internet facilities for E-learning in State Universities »

22 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

G. C.E. O/L results for 2019 will delay due to Covid-19 »

22 Mar, 2020

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.

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).

Extraordinary Gazette issued postponing the election »

22 Mar, 2020

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.

281 arrested for violating during curfew »

22 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Customs Department facilitate clearance of essential goods and BOI processes »

21 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

Special Hotline 1912 introduced for tourists across the country »

21 Mar, 2020

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 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.

Facilitation Centre initiated by the Industry to assist Departing Passengers »

20 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Banks instruct to suspend facilitating the import of vehicles, non-essential goods »

19 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Taxes enforced on masks and sanitizers to be waived off »

19 Mar, 2020

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

Health Ministry exams postponed until further notice »

18 Mar, 2020

The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine has postponed all exams, said A. L. Basnayake, the Health & Indigenous Medicine Ministry Director

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.

Sri Lanka Railway ordered to sanitize all railway stations, trains

Sri Lanka Railway ordered to sanitize all railway stations, trains »

18 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assigned Department of Immigration and Emigration to MOD »

18 Mar, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visitors for jails to be banned from tomorrow »

17 Mar, 2020

The Prisons Department has decided to ban visitors from prisons from tomorrow (March 18) in a bid to curb the Coronavirus spread.

CAA imposes ban on passengers from Qatar, Bahrain and Canada

CAA imposes ban on passengers from Qatar, Bahrain and Canada »

17 Mar, 2020

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will not be permitted to land in Sri Lanka for passengers from Qatar, Bahrain and Canada. CAA Chairman Upul Dharmadasa issuing a circular said travel ban will take effect from midnight today

Public gatherings further restricted »

17 Mar, 2020

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 proposes collective SAARC response to fight COVID – 19

President proposes collective SAARC response to fight COVID – 19 »

17 Mar, 2020

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.

CID arrested Two peopel for spreading disinformation on Covid-19 on social media »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

SLFP to contest Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara, Vanni, and Jaffna districts alone in General Election »

16 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) will contest some districts on its own at the upcoming General Election, said SLFP Secretary General Dayasiri Jayasekara.

All activities relating to a driving license are discontinued until further notice »

16 Mar, 2020

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 »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

All museums under Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs closed »

16 Mar, 2020

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. 

All exams postponed until further notice due to corona virus outbreak »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

SriLankan Airlines First Officer has been tested positive for Covid-19 »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

Holidays will not extent further – Ministry of Public Administration »

16 Mar, 2020

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 »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

Do not hold Masses until the end of March- Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

Police initiated to issue Clearance Certificates online »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

Special Hotline 117 established for Covid-19 related inquiries and notifications »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

Health services have been declared essential-Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine »

16 Mar, 2020

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.

11th patient confirmed COVID-19 »

15 Mar, 2020

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.

All national parks and Zoos to keep closed for next two weeks »

14 Mar, 2020

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

BIMSTEC Flag And Logo Competition »

14 Mar, 2020

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has initiated a “BIMSTEC Flag and Logo Competition”.

Monday declared a public, mercantile, and bank holiday »

14 Mar, 2020

The Government Information Department says a public, mercantile, and bank holiday will be declared on March 16.

Spot action against COVID-19 rumour mongers »

14 Mar, 2020

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.

Govt. says no need for public to panic buying and stockpiling of goods

Govt. says no need for public to panic buying and stockpiling of goods »

13 Mar, 2020

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.

Tuition classes requested not to keep classes for 2 weeks »

13 Mar, 2020

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 Dhamma Schools closed from today till April 26 »

13 Mar, 2020

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.

Awareness programmes on COVID – 19 for staff employees begins »

12 Mar, 2020

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 suspend to Sri Lanka »

12 Mar, 2020

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.

Second Covid-19 patient confirmed »

12 Mar, 2020

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.