- Many Corporate Companies, organizations contribute to the Health Ministry for Corona prevention and control.
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- The apparel sector equips healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19
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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.
Transport Management, Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has given instructions to the Sri Lankan Transport Board to deploy as of today 260 buses for health workers transportation.
Issuing a statement Government Information Department Director-General Nalaka Kaluwewa said CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe has assured that the supply of fuel is being rendered as an important service without any obstacle or shortage.
As initiated and facilitated by the Government of Srilanka, SriLankan Airlines, brought back 829 Sri Lankans who were stranded in India. They have been arriving in the country, as Sri Lanka was going into 48-hour quarantine curfew, since Friday , March 20,to Sunday 22nd 2020.
Local News: The country’s police curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. today except in eight areas, and will be re-imposed today at 2
With a total of 48 Buddhist pilgrims returning in the last SriLankan Airlines dedicated flight that departed New Delhi at 05:10 hrs. today (22)
All passenger flights and ships entering the country were prohibited until further notice considering the current situation regarding COVID-19 spread, Under no conditions will this decision be relaxed before the current situation returns to normal, the Government has reported.
The first Quarantine Centre set up by the Sri Lanka Air Force in Vanni is currently housing 206 passengers who have returned from overseas. In addition the Directorate of Health Services are also in the process of establishing Quarantine Centre’s in Palaly, Iranamadu and Mullaitivu.
High Commissioner of Australia for Sri Lanka, His Excellency David Holly on Friday (20) paid a courtesy call on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of the Army at the Army HQ.
Consumers were granted a grace period until the end of March to pay their electricity bills for the February month, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. During this time span, the Minister of Power and Energy added, customers, won't face disconnection.
The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has handed over a concept paper prepared by Professor Kamini Mendis on the treatment of COVID-19 patients with drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in the COVID19 Task Force meeting yesterday.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged PM Secretary Gamini Senarath to take the required measures to ensure that food and other important commodities are released into the market without any shortages.
Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe and Borella Castle Street Hospital are to be used to treat pregnant mothers who are suspected of having contracted the Coronavirus, said Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe.
Cooperative Development Commissioner Suwinda Singapulli has told that, once the curfew is lifted, all Cooperative stores will be open to the general public to buy essential food products.
The curfew which imposed for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts has been further extended until 6.00 am on Tuesday (24), says the President’s Media Division (PMD).
Yet another sterilization programme conducted by Sri Lanka Navy to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the country was held at Mundalama Police station, court premises, district hospital and prison of Puttalam on 19th and 20th March 2020.
The island-wide curfew has been declared to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, said the Head of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today that 4 more people from Anuradhapura Hospital had tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of patients to 76.
Uber, the American multinational ride-hailing company has temporarily suspended all its services in Sri Lanka until further notice.
The Samagi Jana Balawegaya head office was closed today, as the party suspended all political activities due to the country's ongoing health crisis.
As part of Sri Lanka Navy’s sterilization programmes in action to keep the coronavirus at bay, similar disinfection programmes were conducted at the Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour yesterday
Heeding a police order, 8437 Sri Lankans who returned from overseas to the country had registered with police. Of these, 4498 are from the western province, 1187 are from the central province and 742 are from the province of Wayamba, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (20) urged the public to take well-thought decisions in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic while ensuring that the government has taken the necessary measures to deal with any crisis situation.
Due to an Island wide curfew that has been imposed across the island from 18:00 hrs (Sri Lanka time) on 20th March 2020 until 06:00hrs
Arrangements are being made for the smooth return of foreign nationals who are presently in Sri Lanka on tourist and other visa categories. This will be done using both regular flight movements operating through Sri Lanka and also charter flights that may be deployed, as the airport remains open for outbound passenger movements.
The Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) confirmed that the necessary requests for service could be transmitted on the following email addresses.
With immediate effect until further notice the government has banned leisure trips, pilgrimages and tours within the country. The President Media Division (PMD), issuing a communiqué in this regard, stated that this decision enters into force as a preventive measure to protect the general public against the risks of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The Ministry of Health has announced that six more patients have tested Coronavirus positive (COVID-19) taking the total number of confirmed cases to 65 in the country.
Curfew lifted temporarily in Puttlam, Chilaw, Negambo, Ja-Ela, and Wattala for a short time period »
The curfew which was imposed in below police divisions temporarily lifted at 09.00 am today and will reimpose 12.00 pm today.
An island-wide curfew will be imposed from 6 pm today (20) until 6 am on Monday (23), the President’s Office announced.
While strictly warning rumour mongers to avoid making misleading statements using the cyber space to create unnecessary tension among people over the Government’s efforts to mitigate coronavirus or COVID – 19, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has requested all Sri Lankans, including those who are living abroad, to support Government’s efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak by being indoors and following the advices given by the Health and Defence ministries.
The government has taken every possible measure to contain the spread of COVID – 19. It is the responsibility of every government, semi-government and private entities as well as the general public to ensure that the situation does to escalate to a pandemic.
The Judicial Service Commission has issued a special circular describing criterion for court proceedings for a week from tomorrow (20), with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the salaries of all government workers in all industries on March 23.
Today three more Coronavirus patients were confirmed bringing the total confirmed cases to 59 in Sri Lanka.
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the 2020 general election, scheduled for next month. Holding a special media briefing this afternoon (19)
The government decided to declare six days of "work from home" from 20 – 27 March for public and private sectors. More details will be notified through mainstream media.
1. Acquisition of 200 acre lands in order to establish an Air Force Camp in Maththala Rajapkshe Airport (MRIA)
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The World Health Organization warns many countries are facing the escalating pandemic of COVID-19, and that all should be prepared to tackle this deadly virus before it arrives within their borders. WHO reports the number of coronavirus cases globally now tops 200,000, including more than 8,000 deaths.
There has been no decision to allow passengers to travel in trains without purchasing tickets, the Railways Department says. M.J.D. Fernando, General Manager of Railways, said steps should be taken to rectify the unilateral decisions taken by some people at this crucial juncture, who have failed to recognize national duty.
The maximum permissible transit time for passengers to fly through Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was limited to no more than six hours, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today.
Governor of the Western Province Dr Seetha Arambepola resigns from her post after being placed on the national SLPP list. She said she had resigned from her post, refraining from using state property and funds as specified by the Commissioner for Elections.
All officials of the education field including Education Ministry officials have been notified under circular ED/ 01/21/3/9 on March 13th that measures should be taken to educate the teachers, students andother staff members regarding the measures needed to be taken in order to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus which has now been declared as an epidemic by the WHO.
The Ministry of Health has prepared 24 hospitals that cover the whole island to treat patients in their respective districts, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.
Private hospitals allowed to conduct Corona tests under strict conditions-Director-General of Health Services »
Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said private hospitals would be permitted to carry out the coronavirus test under strict conditions.
The acceptance of nominations for General Election 2020 is set to close at 12 noon today (19), The Election Commission announced that it would consider applications for all 22 districts until 12 noon.
The number of global coronavirus infections shot past 200,000 on Wednesday, as governments across Europe, North America and Asia rolled out tough measures to put the brakes on the ferocious spread of the deadly pandemic.
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) notes that as of today (18) a maximum retail price of Rs 150 per kilogram of Big Onions (B. Onions) has been gazetted effective.
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has requested foreign governments to facilitate the appropriate extension of visas for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, and facing difficulty to return to Sri Lanka on account of the travel bans that have and will become applicable as part of the control measures on COVID- 19.
The Government of Sri Lanka and the China Development Bank entered into an agreement on 18 March 2020 for a financing facility of USD 500 million,
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam calls on Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan »
During an official visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam Prasanna Gamage called on Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee and Politburo Member Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan on 10 of March 2020 at the Headquarters of the Communist Party Committee in Ho Chi Minh City.
It will extend the validity period of driving licenses issued by the Commissioner-General for Motor Traffic under the Motor Traffic Act, which expires from 16 March 2020 to 15 April 2020.
Ambassador meets Governor of Nevsehir and the Chairman of Nevsehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry »
Ambassador M. Rizvi Hassen met Governor of Nevsehir region Ilhami Aktas on 13 March 2020 at his office in Nevsehir. During the meeting with the Governor, the Ambassador requested the Governorship of Nevsehir to seek the possibility of connecting Sri Lanka’s two UNESCO heritage sites namely Sigiriya,
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has prolonged the term of the Presidential Inquiry Commission appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks, which were due to expire on 20 March.
The Election Commission allowed applications for the postal vote until 19 March. The Election Commission said that although the time given for applications for postal voting was to end at midnight yesterday (17)
The government has made a decision to stop all passengers arriving in the country today from midnight (18), said COVID-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva Head of National Operation Center for Prevention.
A special flight of SriLankan Airlines will depart for India to repatriate Sri Lankan pilgrims in India, Buddha Sasana's ministry said. This evening the charter flight will leave for New Delhi
SriLankan Airlines categorically refutes the contents of certain social media posts that are currently being circulated with regard to a flight operated from London to Colombo.
In the backdrop where COVID-19 outbreak has turned out to be pandemic across the world, Sri Lanka Navy shouldering the national responsibility has swiftly set up a quarantine centre at the Boossa naval premises on 16th March 2020 to accommodate the influx of passengers from affected countries.
In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID – 19 in the country, Sri Lanka Navy threw its weight behind sterilization of the Trincomalee bus station on 17th March 2020.
Because of many practical issues, the Government is not currently prepared to enforce a full lockdown at this stage, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman Omar Lebbe Ameer Ajwad presented Letters of Credence to Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik on 11 March 2020 at a ceremonial event held at Al Alam Royal Palace in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Sri Lanka High Commission In New Delhi Invites The Brics Chamber Of Commerce And Industry To Select Sri Lanka As The Next Investment Destination »
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi recently organized a business networking event with the participation of the members of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Delhi Chapter). This event, funded by the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, focused on promoting new business and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.
Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Secretary of Cultural and Religious Affairs M. K. Bandula Harischandra released a statement notifying the public that all historic sites will be closed during a government-imposed holiday time due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Government has urged passengers, who have returned from coronavirus hit countries from March 1 to 9, to undergo self-quarantine in their homes to avoid spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), today.