April 1, 2020
Strict legal action will be taken against anyone making defamatory, malicious social media posts about public servants who are battling the country's COVID-19 outbreak, police media reports.
Education minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that no decision has been made to postpone the G.C.E. Advanced Level test in 2020.
The Immigration and Emigration Controller General has agreed to extend the validity duration of all types of foreigner visas currently in Sri Lanka taking into account the spread of the Coronavirus in the region.
Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today handed over two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines to the Health and Indigenous Medical Services Ministry to be used for the testing of COVID-19 patients.
In a special statement released at Covid-19's National Operation Center for Prevention, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe details several hospitals that have been assigned to care for individuals suspected of contracting the Coronavirus.
Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist »
On 25 March 2020, Professor Tilak P.D. Gamage, Faculty of Fishery and Marine Sciences and Technology, University of Ruhuna, has been granted the Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019 from the Government of Guangdong Province.
“For problems regarding Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials, your first call should be to your Grama Niladhari.” According to Prime Ministers office
The curfew in the Southern, Eastern, Uva, Sabaragamuwa & North-Central Provinces & Nuwara-Eliya, Matale, Kurunegala, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts was lifted this morning at 6 am and will be re-imposed on Monday (April 6) at 2:00 pm.
The total number of violators of curfew, who have been taken in police custody since the island-wide curfew on March 20 was imposed, has risen to 8,451.
The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will remain in force until further notice.
On Tuesday(31), Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed ways to improve relations with the United Arab Emirates in all domains including the battle against Covid-19.
The University Grants Commission has released a media circulation announcing that the university registration for the academic year 2020 will be delayed for another two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak's raising concerns.
Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director Dr. Palitha Karunapema said the National STD / AIDS Control Program would hand over all needed drugs to patients island wide until next Saturday, April 4.
Cricket Legend Muttiah Muralidaran made his contribution to the COVID-19 Healthcare & Social Security Fund yesterday.
Sri Lanka Missions in South Asia work towards ensuring safety of Sri Lankan expatriates in the region »
The Sri Lanka Missions in South Asia, in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, have been closely engaging with the Sri Lankan communities overseas and are working towards assisting and facilitating the many Sri Lankan expatriates in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Further to Communication 15 sent previously (see attached) all online and offline carriers are informed that according to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities,
Bhutan Airlines will bring home 93 students from Sri Lanka today. According to a source, the parents chattered the flight paying Nu 37,000 each. The flight is expected to land today at 4pm.
The Ministry of Education today said no decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam scheduled for August 2020. In a press release, the ministry said there was no merit to rumors in some social media that the test was delayed because of the COVID 19 outbreak.
Ajith Rohana said for those who did not register with authorities after entering Sri Lanka after March 16. Every country in the world will be granted a period of grace to apply for self-quarantine until April 1st.
According to the Ministry of Education, results of G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination 2019 will be announced before 30 April 2020. All arrangements for the publication of the results have been made by the Ministry along with the Examination Department.
As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted a sterilization programme at Court Complex premises in Galle, yesterday
Sri Lanka Consulate in Guangzhou coordinates transportation of Medical Equipment donated by the Sri Lankan community in Guangzhou and other areas of China »
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou coordinated the collection of donation items worth RMB 75,000, consisting 35 boxes(501.8 kg)
It is not compulsory for the Unemployed Graduate Trainees to report for Coronavirus prevention duties tomorrow (30) to the MOH Offices, said the Public Administration Ministry Secretary S. Hettiarachchi.
In view of the looming threat of COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka Navy shouldering the national responsibility has swiftly set up 02 quarantine centres at the naval establishment SLNS Buwaneka in Mulankavil, Mannar and Oluvil harbour premises on 28th March 2020, for persons suspected of COVID-19 infection.
Steps have been taken to use the Central Mail Exchange to distribute the medication required by patients who have been registered at government hospitals since today.
In order to maintain social distancing and to avoid large public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the allowances for senior citizens and persons
The Department of Meteorology today advised that in the coming days temperature will rise in some areas up to 'Extreme Caution Level.'
A total of 206 people were arrested for breaching the curfew from 6 am to 12 noon today (29) in the last six hours, Police Headquarters said.
Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva last morning (28) made a surprise visit to the construction site of the new kitchen complex near the Army Headquarters, together with a few Senior Officers.
The final rites of the patient who died from coronavirus will be conducted in compliance with international quarantine regulations, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted sterilization programmes at Colombo Maning Market premises, on 27th March 2020.
The government has taken many measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Therefore, all arrivals from overseas have been stopped.
The Sri Lanka Air Force commenced construction of a New Isolation Unit consisting of 16 rooms on 18 March 2020. Under the direct supervision of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, a team of 9 Civil Engineering Officers and 250 Airmen led by Senior Staff Officer Civil Engineering, Air Commodore Udula Wijesinghe took on the daunting challenge of constructing this new Isolation unit within two weeks (14 Days).
Attorney Rajeev Amarasuriya has taken on duties as the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Bar Association (BASL). He succeeded Attorney-at-law Kaushalya Nawaratne as the 24th Secretary of the Bar Association.
The Navy conducted a social responsibility program to distribute drinking water and dry ration among religious places and poor families in the North Central Naval Command from March 26 to 27.
Yesterday, the government notified all importers of fertilizers and license holders of the distribution that the unhindered fertilizer supply was considered an important service.
Sir Lanka Air Force Station Koggala conducted a blood donation campaign today (27th March 2020). The events was organized with the assistance of Blood Bank of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for the patients who have been infected by COVID-19.
The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare.
Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund that has been established to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations.
The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. »
The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. Curfew has been imposed with the sole purpose of to preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issues.
Arrangements have been made to facilitate the delivery of drugs to patients who need them through identified pharmacies in their respective areas.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation HE Yury Materiy on Thursday (26) met Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters.
Entry and delay charges will be exempted during curfew hours on all ships entering Sri Lankan ports, says Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
The Managing Director of Ace Airways, Mohamed Firaq told One Online that a large number of Maldivians in Sri Lanka wants to return to the Maldives after the COVID-19 outbreak and the company is in discussion with the Maldivian government to have a special charter flight for Maldivians who want to return to the country.
The government has defined the period up to April 10, 2020 as a high-risk time for coronavirus spread and will therefore continue the curfew situation in the western province, a minister said.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka HE Sarah Hulton with a view to receiving an update on the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine process, health condition of British nationals and dual citizens in quarantine, measures being implemented to arrest its transmission, preventive mechanisms, etc called on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army on Wednesday (25) at the Army Headquarters.
The Bureau for Health Promotion has established a telephone hotline for all Coronavirus-related inquiries. The hotline is 1999 and works 24 hours a day, and information can be accessed in all three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The curfew which was imposed in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu was lifted at 6.00 am this morning and will be re-imposed at 2pm today until March 30.
Instructions were issued by the Minister of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga to close all Free Trade Zones in the country until further notice.
The Sri Lanka Navy has developed a disinfection chamber to prevent and control the spread of new coronavirus.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) has canceled the leave of all police officers as a step to combat the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The government has clearly understood the dilemma faced by the people due to the current situation and has taken measures to grant the people a large concessionary package, said Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena.
A group of popular and leading social media activists, inclusive of Ashan Online, Nava, Ever-Loving, Janai-Priyai, Wasti, Studio Ratta, Wigadama, Travel with Wife, Chooti Malli & Podi Malli
“COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” that has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last Monday to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been vested with a set of wide responsibilities .
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has included the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, commercial banks, insurances services and the Treasury in the category of essential services.
The Postmaster General reports that during non-curfew hours, all post offices and sub-post offices were ordered to remain open for at least 2 hours a day.
The third batch of 223 returnees who underwent the two-week long quarantine process at Punani (125), Kandakadu (42), Meeyankulam (18) and Diyatalawa (38 including 04 foreigners 2 Iran, 2 Korea) Quarantine Centres (QCs) left for home this morning (26) from respective locations after completion of medical procedures and receipt of Quarantine Certificates.
Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (SLCOG) has opened a 24 hours hotline 0710301225 for the pregnant mothers to assist them concerning pregnancy complications.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to waive off storage charges as a relief measure amidst the coronavirus crisis.
The Ceylon Fisheries Corporation has accelerated fishermen's purchase of fish, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said today, a program to purchase fish from owners of fishing vessels began at Dickovita Fisheries Harbor on Tuesday and this would be expanded to all other fishing harbors in the next few days. To examine the progress of this initiative, Minister Douglas Devananda visited the harbour.
At yesterday's media briefing, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that not one single positive COVID-19 patient was registered during the first half of the day (25), setting an example to the world. He said, however, that preserving distance was important in holding the Coronavirus at bay in the future too.
A group of 144 individuals who had completed their quarantine procedure left the centre today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.
Dr. Anil Jayasinha, Health Services Director-General reported that as of today evening there were 255 individuals suspected of having COVID-19 on observation in the country.
Local News: The Government Medical Officers ‘ Association (GMOA) yesterday said that, based on Hubei, China’s experience, “Technically it can be
The government has decided to extend the curfew imposed on the district of Jaffna until further notice, the media division of President said. As previously planned, the curfew in Jaffna will not be lifted tomorrow
Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (25th March 2020) rendered assistance to get ready essential customer goods to be distributed among the general public.
The Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), which has been playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19, yesterday received six critically necessary and globally scarce ventilators via a philanthropic intervention by business leader Dhammika Perera.
Army with Travel Arrangements Ready to See Departure of Third Batch of Quarantined Persons – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva »
The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place this afternoon (25), attended by Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and Medical Specialist, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena has assured Sri Lanka will provide medical personnel to Maldives, should the situation of COVID-19 escalate and more medical assistance is required. Minister Gunawardena made the statement during a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid.
To date, the Sri Lankan Transport Board (SLTB) has deployed over 275 buses to provide transportation facilities for health sector employees, Deputy General Manager H.A. Pandula said today to the Government news portal.
The curfew enforced to encourage self-quarantine is currently in force and so far 3,500 people have been arrested who breached the curfew, while the majority of them are those engaged in illegal activities during the curfew hours, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
A media release detailing the curfew schedule for the next few days has been sent out by the president's media department.
The Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne warned the public not to step out of their homes other than for a very urgent requirement, adding that those who do so could be arrested even without a warrant.
Three hotlines have been introduced to call on the general public about any health and power or water failure problems, as well as medical needs, the Police Media Division reports.
The meeting of Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has met this morning (25). Cabinet spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardane confirmed that during curfew hours the meeting would concentrate on the distribution of critical food products to the general public.
The Army said the second batch of 201 persons, quarantined in Kandakadu and Punani quarantine centers left for their homes this morning. They also said the Army would provide all transportation facilities for this second batch, too.
Business sector responds positively and public also has the responsibility to support on COVID-19 Pandemic »
The Sri Lankan business community has taken significant steps over the last few days to change the way they do business and also to help authorities through donations in a sensitive effort to cope with the current challenges raised by the Coronavirus pandemic.
On the instructions of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias and under the supervision of the Director Aeronautical Engineering, the No 6 Helicopter Squadron has modified an MI-17 Helicopter as an Air Ambulance.
“Ranaviru Apparels” Rises to the Occasion & Produces Disposable Microfiber Suits Against COVID-19 Transmission »
The 'Ranaviru Apparels' garment factory of the Sri Lanka Army, rising to the swelling need in the face of COVID-19 threat stepped out to produce disposable microfiber suits with shoe covers which can be used by medical teams while treating/ quarantining infected individuals and handed over their first stock this morning (23) to Dr Anil Jasingha, Director General of Health Services, and the Chief Technical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine during a simple ceremony, held at the Ministry of Health.
The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place this afternoon (24), attended by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the (NOCPCO), Chief
A large number of patients who receive prescription drugs from hospitals and pharmacies have been inconvenient due to the continuing island-wide curfew enforced by the government as a way to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The curfew which was lifted at 6.00 am today (24) in the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mulaithivu, Killinochchi and Jaffna was re-imposed at 2.00 pm.
Health Ministry issue guidelines for treatment of persons with mental disorders during COVID-19 epidemic »
The Health Ministry has issued guidelines for mental health professionals to follow in the wake of the coronavirus to ensure that treatment continues uninterrupted for person with mental disorders.
SriLankan Airlines appeals from the general public to respect its employees for their service to the country at a time of need »
SriLankan Airlines has noted that many Social Media posts have appeared over the past few days discriminating SriLankan Airlines staff in connection with COVID-19 infection.
The Colombo Manning Market initiated a system to distribute vegetables to the public daily from 04:00 am to 2:00 pm during the curfew time. H.M. Upasena, the National Organizer of All Ceylon Economic Centers and Manning Trade Association, mentioned this today (24).
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).
As a measure to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in the country, the Navy conducted a sterilization programme in religious places and residences in Chunnakam, Jaffna Peninsula on 23rd March 2020.
A blood donation campaign organized by the North Central Naval Command was held on 23rd March 2020 at SLNS Pandukabhaya, with the participation of naval personnel attached to the command.
As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted sterilization programmes at several public places in Nikaweratiya and Mahawa areas which are frequently surrounded by people, on 23rd March 2020.
In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Temasek Foundation, Singapore has offered to provide 5000 numbers of Fortitude Kit 2.0 (COVID-19 test kits) to the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the Government was re-imposing islandwide curfew to restrict public movements and also gatherings to keep spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at bay to ensure public safety and health.
Retail outlets including supermarkets and cooperatives yesterday prepared to open on Monday morning in non-curfew areas, with fresh guidelines issued to the public to be stringently followed when making purchases, as the patient count reached 81 yesterday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the steps taken by Sri Lanka to counter COVID-19 are aligned with the eight pillars outlined in the country preparedness and response plan of the WHO.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for a meeting tomorrow at Temple Trees with members of the opposition parties(24). Tomorrow the meeting will be held at 10.00 am. The opposition had earlier sought such a meeting to address the ongoing health crisis caused by COVID spread-19.
The Sri Lanka Air Force handed over 500 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits to the Ministry of Health Services today
The renovation work of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital to treat patients diagnosed with COVID -19, was commenced by Navy, today
It its attempt to stop the spread the novel coronavirus in the island, Sri Lanka Navy sterilized craft moored at Galle harbour on 22nd March 2020.
Foreign Minister holds telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Covid-19 »
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has taken a decision to grant a sum of LKR 25 million to the Government to help its efforts toward combating the Covid-19 pandemic, which has created a national health crisis.