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Urgent statement from SriLankan Airlines

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SEC directs relief to investors affected by COVID-19-hit stock market

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Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants

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Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000

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Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

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Europe toll tops 30,000 as UN warns of world’s worst crisis since WWII

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Pharmacies open for pensioners on April 02,03 and 06

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Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020

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CSE offers guidance to Listed companies on hosting AGMs amidst the COVID-19 outbreak

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Attorney General urges CJ to consider cancelling High Court sittings

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All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020

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03 new positive COVID-19 patients total rise to 146

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SriLankan Airlines suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

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Dialog’s e-Working, e-Learning and e-Health Solutions to empower Sri Lankans during COVID-19

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President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic with Central Bank officials

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BIA to facilitate the airlines for cargo movements

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Dialog to take 5G technology closer to every Sri Lankan

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The apparel sector discussed with Presidential Task Force issues emerged on Covid-19

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Akbar Brothers contribute Rs.50 million to Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund

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One more Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged today

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EU supports communities through water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

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Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health

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Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover Deploy Global Fleet to Support Emergency Response Partners

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Rs. 20 b allocated for advance Samurdhi benefiting families of 2 m

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Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients

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SLAF Troops Together with the CMC Distribute Dry Rations to Low Income Families

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Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist

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Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials call your Grama Niladhari Officer

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WHO Chief calls Gotabaya Rajapaksa, thanks for mobilizing government to fight COVID-19

Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants

Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants »

1 Apr, 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.

Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020

Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020 »

1 Apr, 2020

Education minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that no decision has been made to postpone the G.C.E. Advanced Level test in 2020.

All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020

All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020 »

1 Apr, 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.

Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health

Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health »

1 Apr, 2020

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.

Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients

Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients »

1 Apr, 2020

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

Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist »

1 Apr, 2020

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.

Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials call your Grama Niladhari Officer

Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials call your Grama Niladhari Officer »

1 Apr, 2020

“For problems regarding Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials, your first call should be to your Grama Niladhari.” According to Prime Ministers office

19 districts curfew which lifted to be re-imposed at 2 pm today

19 districts curfew which lifted to be re-imposed at 2 pm today »

1 Apr, 2020

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.

More than 8,000 curfew violators under police custody so far

More than 8,000 curfew violators under police custody so far »

1 Apr, 2020

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.

Latest Notice on Curfew

Latest Notice on Curfew »

31 Mar, 2020

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.

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed with UAE on Covid-19 pandemic

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed with UAE on Covid-19 pandemic »

31 Mar, 2020

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.

Deadline for 2020 university registration delayed due to Covid-19

Deadline for 2020 university registration delayed due to Covid-19 »

31 Mar, 2020

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.

Special setup for patients of National STD/AIDS Control Program

Special setup for patients of National STD/AIDS Control Program »

31 Mar, 2020

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.

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

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

31 Mar, 2020

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

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

31 Mar, 2020

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.

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

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

30 Mar, 2020

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,

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

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

30 Mar, 2020

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.

No decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam

No decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

Anyone who refuses to file for quarantine is arrested

Anyone who refuses to file for quarantine is arrested »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

O/L results before the end of April

O/L results before the end of April »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Court Complex-Galle

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Court Complex-Galle »

30 Mar, 2020

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

Sri Lanka Consulate in Guangzhou coordinates transportation of Medical Equipment donated by the Sri Lankan community in Guangzhou and other areas of China »

30 Mar, 2020

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou coordinated the collection of donation items worth RMB 75,000, consisting 35 boxes(501.8 kg)

Not compulsory for graduate trainees to report to Health Services Offices today (30)

Not compulsory for graduate trainees to report to Health Services Offices today (30) »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

COVID – 19 quarantine centres established at SLNS Buwaneka and Oluvil harbour

COVID – 19 quarantine centres established at SLNS Buwaneka and Oluvil harbour »

30 Mar, 2020

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.

Distribution of medicine to carried out with Central Mail Exchange

Distribution of medicine to carried out with Central Mail Exchange »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

Allowances for Senior Citizens and Persons with Special Needs

Allowances for Senior Citizens and Persons with Special Needs »

29 Mar, 2020

In order to maintain social distancing and to avoid large public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the allowances for senior citizens and persons

Cautions public of extreme temperature – Department of Meteorology

Cautions public of extreme temperature – Department of Meteorology »

29 Mar, 2020

The Department of Meteorology today advised that in the coming days temperature will rise in some areas up to 'Extreme Caution Level.'

More than 200 curfew violators caught within 6 hours today

More than 200 curfew violators caught within 6 hours today »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

Commander Inspects Construction Site of the New Kitchen Complex

Commander Inspects Construction Site of the New Kitchen Complex »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

Final rites of deceased COVID-19 patient under WHO regulations

Final rites of deceased COVID-19 patient under WHO regulations »

29 Mar, 2020

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.

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Maning Market-Colombo

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Maning Market-Colombo »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

SLBFE makes special request to migrant workers expecting to return home

SLBFE makes special request to migrant workers expecting to return home »

28 Mar, 2020

The government has taken many measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Therefore, all arrivals from overseas have been stopped.

Air Force Hands Over Newly Constructed Isolation Unit at IDH to Ministry of Health

Air Force Hands Over Newly Constructed Isolation Unit at IDH to Ministry of Health »

28 Mar, 2020

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 assumes duties as BASL Secretary

Attorney Rajeev Amarasuriya assumes duties as BASL Secretary »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Navy distributed drinking water and dry rations among needy

Navy distributed drinking water and dry rations among needy »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Government made fertilizer supply as an essential service

Government made fertilizer supply as an essential service »

28 Mar, 2020

Yesterday, the government notified all importers of fertilizers and license holders of the distribution that the unhindered fertilizer supply was considered an important service.

SLAF Station Koggala Conducts a Blood Donation Campaign

SLAF Station Koggala Conducts a Blood Donation Campaign »

28 Mar, 2020

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.

Updates On Sri Lankan Students In Southern India

Updates On Sri Lankan Students In Southern India »

27 Mar, 2020

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 exempted from taxes

Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund exempted from taxes »

27 Mar, 2020

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. »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Pharmaceuticals to Doorstep

Pharmaceuticals to Doorstep »

27 Mar, 2020

Arrangements have been made to facilitate the delivery of drugs to patients who need them through identified pharmacies in their respective areas.

Russian Ambassador Meets Lt Gen Silva & Discusses Worldwide COVID-19 Developments

Russian Ambassador Meets Lt Gen Silva & Discusses Worldwide COVID-19 Developments »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

All incoming vessels entry and delay charges waived off during the period of curfew

All incoming vessels entry and delay charges waived off during the period of curfew »

27 Mar, 2020

Entry and delay charges will be exempted during curfew hours on all ships entering Sri Lankan ports, says Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

Special flight for Maldivians who want to return from Sri Lanka

Special flight for Maldivians who want to return from Sri Lanka »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Government identifies period till April 10 as ’High risk’ – Minister Bandula Gunawardane

Government identifies period till April 10 as ’High risk’ – Minister Bandula Gunawardane »

27 Mar, 2020

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 Receives Updates on Fight against COVID-19

British High Commissioner Receives Updates on Fight against COVID-19 »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Hotline Specially for Corona related inquiries

Hotline Specially for Corona related inquiries »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Curfew lifted in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, and Mullaitivu

Curfew lifted in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, and Mullaitivu »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Investment Board-All Free Trade Zones to be closed until further notice

Investment Board-All Free Trade Zones to be closed until further notice »

27 Mar, 2020

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.

Navy introduces full-body disinfection chamber to curb the spread of new coronavirus

Navy introduces full-body disinfection chamber to curb the spread of new coronavirus »

27 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lanka Navy has developed a disinfection chamber to prevent and control the spread of new coronavirus.

All Leave of police officers cancelled till April 10

All Leave of police officers cancelled till April 10 »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Cabinet Decision 25th March 2020 – Govt offers large concession package to affected people

Cabinet Decision 25th March 2020 – Govt offers large concession package to affected people »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Social Media Activists Express Their Support to Ongoing COVID-19 Preventive Drive

Social Media Activists Express Their Support to Ongoing COVID-19 Preventive Drive »

26 Mar, 2020

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

Wide responsibilities for COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund

Wide responsibilities for COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund »

26 Mar, 2020

“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 .

Central Bank, commercial banks and insurance services asked to remain open

Central Bank, commercial banks and insurance services asked to remain open »

26 Mar, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has included the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, commercial banks, insurances services and the Treasury in the category of essential services.

Postmaster instructs to open Post Offices at least 2 hours daily in absence of curfew

Postmaster instructs to open Post Offices at least 2 hours daily in absence of curfew »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Punani, Kandakadu, Meeyankulam & Diyatalawa QCs Allow 223 More Returnees to Go Home

Punani, Kandakadu, Meeyankulam & Diyatalawa QCs Allow 223 More Returnees to Go Home »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

SLCOG introduces a hotline for pregnant mothers

SLCOG introduces a hotline for pregnant mothers »

26 Mar, 2020

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 waives off storage charges at all ports

Sri Lanka Ports Authority waives off storage charges at all ports »

26 Mar, 2020

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has decided to waive off storage charges as a relief measure amidst the coronavirus crisis.

No restrictions on fishing, and its transportation

No restrictions on fishing, and its transportation »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

Sri Lanka has set an example comparing to the world situation – Health Minister

Sri Lanka has set an example comparing to the world situation – Health Minister »

26 Mar, 2020

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.

163 who completed the quarantine process returns home

163 who completed the quarantine process returns home »

26 Mar, 2020

A group of 144 individuals who had completed their quarantine procedure left the centre today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

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

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

26 Mar, 2020

Dr. Anil Jayasinha, Health Services Director-General reported that as of today evening there were 255 individuals suspected of having COVID-19 on observation in the country.

GMOA says that Sri Lanka  predict to have 550 Covid-19 infected persons

GMOA says that Sri Lanka predict to have 550 Covid-19 infected persons »

26 Mar, 2020

Local News: The Government Medical Officers ‘ Association (GMOA) yesterday said that, based on Hubei, China’s experience, “Technically it can be

Curfew imposed extended until further notice

Curfew imposed extended until further notice »

26 Mar, 2020

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

Navy renders assistance to make essential customer goods ready for distribution at Sathosa stores

Navy renders assistance to make essential customer goods ready for distribution at Sathosa stores »

26 Mar, 2020

Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (25th March 2020) rendered assistance to get ready essential customer goods to be distributed among the general public.

IDH receives 6 ICU ventilators from Dhammika Perera which much-needed at this point

IDH receives 6 ICU ventilators from Dhammika Perera which much-needed at this point »

25 Mar, 2020

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

Army with Travel Arrangements Ready to See Departure of Third Batch of Quarantined Persons – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Sri Lanka to provide medical personnel to Maldives if required

Sri Lanka to provide medical personnel to Maldives if required »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

275 buses for health personnel transport by SLTB

275 buses for health personnel transport by SLTB »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

DIG Ajith Rohana issues statement on Covid-19

DIG Ajith Rohana issues statement on Covid-19 »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Curfew plan for the coming days – PMD

Curfew plan for the coming days – PMD »

25 Mar, 2020

A media release detailing the curfew schedule for the next few days has been sent out by the president's media department.

2682 Curfew violators  arrested

2682 Curfew violators arrested »

25 Mar, 2020

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 new hotline for Health, Power, and Water problems

Three new hotline for Health, Power, and Water problems »

25 Mar, 2020

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 cabinet met today to discuss on Covid-19 and distribution of essentials

The cabinet met today to discuss on Covid-19 and distribution of essentials »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Second batch quarantine process leaves home

Second batch quarantine process leaves home »

25 Mar, 2020

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

Business sector responds positively and public also has the responsibility to support on COVID-19 Pandemic »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Sri Lanka Air Force Modifies MI 17 as an Air Ambulance

Sri Lanka Air Force Modifies MI 17 as an Air Ambulance »

25 Mar, 2020

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

“Ranaviru Apparels” Rises to the Occasion & Produces Disposable Microfiber Suits Against COVID-19 Transmission »

25 Mar, 2020

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.

Quarantined Second Batch Set to Proceed Home – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva

Quarantined Second Batch Set to Proceed Home – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva »

25 Mar, 2020

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

Pharmacies to keep open during curfew

Pharmacies to keep open during curfew »

24 Mar, 2020

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).

Curfew re-enforced until further notice in high-risk areas

Curfew re-enforced until further notice in high-risk areas »

24 Mar, 2020

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

Health Ministry issue guidelines for treatment of persons with mental disorders during COVID-19 epidemic »

24 Mar, 2020

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 appeals from the general public to respect its employees for their service to the country at a time of need »

24 Mar, 2020

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.

Colombo Manning Market to distribute vegetables to public daily

Colombo Manning Market to distribute vegetables to public daily »

24 Mar, 2020

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).

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward »

24 Mar, 2020

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

Navy conducts sterilization programme at religious places and residences in Jaffna

Navy conducts sterilization programme at religious places and residences in Jaffna »

24 Mar, 2020

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.

Naval personnel in North Central Naval Command volunteer to donate blood

Naval personnel in North Central Naval Command volunteer to donate blood »

24 Mar, 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.

Navy conducts sterilization programmes at several places in Nikeweratiya and Mahawa areas

Navy conducts sterilization programmes at several places in Nikeweratiya and Mahawa areas »

24 Mar, 2020

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.

Covid-19 Outbreak  Donation To Sri Lanka By Temasek Foundation, Singapore

Covid-19 Outbreak Donation To Sri Lanka By Temasek Foundation, Singapore »

24 Mar, 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 Ministry urges public to heed to curfew law

Defence Ministry urges public to heed to curfew law »

24 Mar, 2020

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.

All Supermarkets’ set to open tomorrow and here are working hours

All Supermarkets’ set to open tomorrow and here are working hours »

23 Mar, 2020

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.

Sri Lankan’s measures taken to combat Covid-19 aligned with WHO

Sri Lankan’s measures taken to combat Covid-19 aligned with WHO »

23 Mar, 2020

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 opposition party leaders

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opposition party leaders »

23 Mar, 2020

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.

SLAF Hands over Locally Manufactured Personal Protective Equipment Kits to Health Ministry

SLAF Hands over Locally Manufactured Personal Protective Equipment Kits to Health Ministry »

23 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lanka Air Force handed over 500 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits to the Ministry of Health Services today

Navy commences renovation of Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital

Navy commences renovation of Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital »

23 Mar, 2020

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

Craft at Galle harbour sterilized by Navy

Craft at Galle harbour sterilized by Navy »

23 Mar, 2020

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 holds telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Covid-19 »

23 Mar, 2020

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena

Sri Lanka Cricket Grants LKR 25 Million to Fight Covid-19

Sri Lanka Cricket Grants LKR 25 Million to Fight Covid-19 »

23 Mar, 2020

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.