upporting government’s initiative to contain the spread of COVID-19, Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd handed over a package of gloves and facemasks to the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RVSA) yesterday
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been requested by the National Elections Commission to consult the Supreme Court on matters related to holding the General Election. Yesterday (02) the Election Commission had written to the President's secretary about the matter.
More than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University - another grim milestone as the world grapples with the spreading pandemic.
The first group who had undergone quarantine period in the quarantine centre established by Navy at Boosa Naval Base, left the center after successful completion of their quarantine process, on 01st April 2020.
A blood donation campaign jointly organized by Naval Deployment – Hambantota and Blood Transfusion Unit of the District General Hospital Hambantota was held with the participation of naval personnel at the hospital premises on 01st April 2020.
A group of consultant doctors met with Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi yesterday (01) and presented several suggestions and mechanisms for the control of the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations, sensitive to the concerns of the OSLs amidst the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and the inability to return to Sri Lanka, has held consultations over the past 2 days with its Heads of Missions based in 67 cities across the world, to facilitate the wellbeing and safety of Overseas Sri Lankans, while preparing for any exigencies they could have to meet in the coming days.
Mainly dry weather will prevail over most parts of the island. However, Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m.
COLOMBO, April 2 (Xinhua) -- China has handed over its first donation of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Sri Lanka to strengthen the solidarity between the two countries as Sri Lanka fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Thursday.
Sri Lanka Navy commenced to put up a location for examining blood and saliva of suspected persons to coronavirus affection and installing a CCTV system at the ward for the suspected pregnant mothers to coronavirus affection, in Nevil Fernando hospital, today
Extending their coorperation to the Navy’s quarantine programme to control the spread of coronavirus in the country, Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. donated a stock of healthcare equipment to the SL Navy, at the Naval Headquarters, today
According to Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the fourth death from Sri Lanka's novel coronavirus was reported a short while ago. The deceased is a 58-year-old male who had sought treatment at the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH).
Today, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) reported that the water quality in Kelani River has improved over the past few weeks. The decline in the release of industrial waste into the Kelani River has resulted, according to the CEA, in an improved consistency of its waters.
As the epidemic of COVID-19 continues to impact hundreds of thousands around the world, there is a growing need for new equipment to combat the virus.
Today (02) a meeting of all parties was convened to discuss the current situation in the country with the spread of the novel coronavirus. The meeting is held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.
Department of Postal workers have already begun a system that will deliver pensions straight to pensioners 'homes for the month of April, said Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne.
Considering the prevailing situation in the region Geological Survey and Mines Bureau decided to extend the validity period of all mineral licenses due to expire before March 31 until April 30. This decision was made, the Bureau said issuing a press release.
According to Co-Cabinet Media Spokesman Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Cabinet's approval had been given for a proposal made by the Minister for Agriculture to introduce a program to ensure food security in the country in the face of the global crisis.
Today (02), another patient screened COVID-19 positively, taking the cases to 151, says the Ministry of Health. Therefore a total of 5 patients with coronavirus were identified during the course of the day.
Health Services Director General Dr Anil Jasinghe said two more patients had tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 150 in the country.
A university student has been arrested and remanded for sharing misleading information about the Coronavirus on social media, police said today.
About 1,400 people from 220 families living in Immamul Aroos Mawatha, a by-lane off Arnold Ratnayake Mawatha, were quarantined today after an elderly man's death.
The government has decided to suspend and limit all non-essential itemsexcept pharmaceuticals and fuel. This was announced during the media briefing held this morning (02) at the Government Information Department.
The ninth batch of 96 returnees after completion of the two-week-long quarantine process, left for their homes last morning (1) from Damminna and Diyatalawa Quarantine Centres (QCs) after completion of medical procedures and receipt of their Quarantine Certificates.
The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place yesterday afternoon
As a result of the outbreak of COVID – 19, retired naval personnel, their spouses and family members of naval personnel and civil staff employees who receive treatment from the clinics of Navy General Hospital (Colombo) are facing numerous hardships as of now.
While the entire world is engulfed in COVID-19 fear, the Sri Lankan Government, which is taking all possible precautionary measures to contain the virus,
Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has released a statement urging shop owners to refrain from selling "death" cigarettes.
Given the dry weather and increasing domestic demand, uninterrupted water supply could be handled as industrial use has declined sharply, said Assistant General Manager N U Ranatunga, National Water Supply and Drainage Board.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) to pursue with the international financial organizations and lending nations to help developing countries adversely affected by COVID- 19 calamity.
National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) considering the national emergency has launched an 'online solution' to meet with requests for essential supplies or medical needs and to report on any patient with COVID-19
The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place
The Chairman and Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines are ever mindful of their duty to protect the country’s economic interests, livelihoods of the employees of the SriLankan Family and are making every effort to ensure the business continuity of the National Carrier.
Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed raising the total number of registered cases from the country to 148, Health Ministry said.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern on Wednesday about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 205 countries and territories.
COVID19's third death recorded in Sri Lanka, recently confirmed Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The deceased 74-year-old is a Maradana resident. Those who sought treatment at IDH ICU died of COVID-19.
A meeting was held yesterday afternoon (01) between the government and the UNP at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the country’s situation due to the Coronavirus threat, under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mainly dry weather will prevail over most parts of the island. However, Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m.
A special meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services was held today (2020.04.01) at Temple Trees with the participation of Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Head of the Task Force Basil Rajapaksa.
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.
Pharmacies around the island will be available for pensioners to buy their medicines on April 02, 03 and 06, the Police Spokesman's office said.
Education minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that no decision has been made to postpone the G.C.E. Advanced Level test in 2020.
The Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC urged the Chief Justice to consider canceling the Colombo High Court and other High Court sittings scheduled for tomorrow (02) and Friday (03) as Covid-19 incidents are on the rise in the country.
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.
Health Ministry says 03 new positive COVID-19 patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146.
SriLankan Airlines has decided to suspend all its passenger flights from the 8th of April 2020. The suspension will be in effect till the 30th of April, stated SriLankan Airlines.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a discussion with the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and other senior officials to assess the emerging macro-economic conditions due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Another COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital after recovery from the virus earlier today (01), the Ministry of Health reported. Consequently, the cumulative number of COVID-19 recoveries has risen to 18 patients
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.
Yesterday the Government announced an allocation of Rs. 20 billion to make an advance payment to the country's 2 million Samurdhi beneficiary families.
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.
A distribution program of dry ration packs for 50,000 low income families in Colombo area was initiated by the Colombo Municipal Council together with the Sri Lanka Air Force yesterday (31 March 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.
“For problems regarding Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials, your first call should be to your Grama Niladhari.” According to Prime Ministers office
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has telephoned Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tuesday to discuss the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Sri Lanka and the region.
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.
A significant number of organizations and private donors contribute funds to support the COVID – 19 Program for Healthcare and Social Security Fund.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa, Western and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m. Mainly fair weather will continue in the other areas of the island.
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.
Central Bank of Sri Lanka Decides to Establish a Rupees 50 Billion, Six Month Re-Financing Facility and Issues Instructions to Financial Institutions to Support Covid-19 Hit Businesses and Individuals.
With direct deposits and donations from organizations and individual donors the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s balance surpasses Rs. 242 million.
The Ministry of Health has reported that at 7.30 pm today (31) 10 more people were testing positive for COVID-19. For that addition, the country's coronavirus number has now hit 142 cases.
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.
The Prime Minister's Office has introduced hotlines to report any issues related to food and medicines. General public can complaint through following numbers.
The lifting and re-enforcement of the currently imposed curfew will be carried out as follows; the curfew presently in place in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha Puttalam, Kandy, Jaffna and Kalutara will continue until further notice.
Despite the situation facing the government, Sri Lanka has managed to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus very effectively compared to other countries, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said, calling on the country as a whole to contribute unitedly to the efforts of the government to control this virus.
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.
Today, three more patients tested Coronavirus positive, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 132.
According to the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 cases count in Sri Lanka increased to 129 as seven new patients tested positive for the deadly virus at 3.20 pm today.
A host of more financial and material benefits have been granted to low income and vulnerable families and individuals in the face of COVID – 19 outbreak.
The Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit states that two more patients who had tested positive for Coronavirus have fully recovered and have been discharged today.
Yesterday at midnight (30) the funeral of the second individual in Sri Lanka who died from coronavirus took place. The body was cremated in the Negombo Municipal Council Public Cemetery.
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DIG Ajith Rohan has announced that temporary limits on the issuance of curfew passes will be imposed. In a special address to the media he said that only a few chosen parties would receive curfew passes.
From yesterday (30), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore was closed for two weeks, due to a confirmed case of Coronavirus being recorded from the building where the High Commission is located.
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.
Cricket Legend Muttiah Muralidaran made his contribution to the COVID-19 Healthcare & Social Security Fund yesterday.
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.
A large number of organizations and individual donors are contributing funds to strengthen the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund.
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.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, Uva and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m. Mainly fair weather will continue in the other areas of the island.
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,
China has sent medical supplies to several South and Southeast Asian nations to help them stem the fast growing coronavirus pandemic.
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.
The seventh batch of 134 returnees after completion of the two-week long quarantine process, left for home this morning (30) from Punani and Diyatalawa Quarantine Centres (QCs) after completion of medical procedures and receipt of their Quarantine Certificates.
Another patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus died while receiving treatment at the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IDH). The Ministry of Health's epidemiology unit said Negombo, a 64-year-old male resident of Kochchikade, had died of the virus.
A special meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services was held at Temple Trees today
Five people from the same family tested positive for the novel infection with coronavirus, health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said. The Chilaw family was reportedly detained and quarantined yesterday (29) on suspicion of contracting the virus.
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.
The Health Ministry says two new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were found in the country. Accordingly as of 3.30 p.m. the total number of confirmed cases reported in Sri Lanka. Today (30), is 122.
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.
SriLankan Airlines, continuing to answer the call of the Nation, uplifted a consignment of medical aid from Shanghai, China today (March 28,2020).
Local News: Here’s a list of vendors who supply essential products across Colombo.
Another event of the Navy’s disinfection programmes being carried out to curb further spread of novel coronavirus in the island was held in several populous locations in Puttalam on 29th March 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
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou coordinated the collection of donation items worth RMB 75,000, consisting 35 boxes(501.8 kg)
Three more patients screened Coronavirus positively taking the total number of confirmed cases to 120 at 8.00 a.m. in the country Now
All decisions concerning curfew or isolation processes can only be taken by the highest authorities of government, the Media Division of the President said.
The curfew imposed in all but 6 of the country's districts were temporarily lifted at 6 a.m. Today (30). The curfew will re-imposed at 02.00 p.m. Today.
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 virus in Sri Lanka the following steps have been taken based on the instructions received from the Presidential Task Force for prevention of COVID-19 with regard to the operations of international airports in Sri Lanka, said Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka.
Another 130 persons who had completed their quarantine procedure are scheduled to return to their homes today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.
The police arrested 227 people for breaching curfew laws between 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm today (29), and took 50 vehicles into custody.
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.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western, Central, Uva and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and the Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak in a special audio clip released to the Media, a few minutes ago on Sunday (29) evening urged the public, consumers as well as shop-keepers to strictly adhere to practices of social distancing and all other health guidelines once the curfew is lifted in some areas on Monday (30) for the convenience of the masses.
Two more patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka at 8 p.m. today (29), raising the total number of cases to 117, the Ministry of Health says.
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 the backdrop of the COVID – 19 pandemic that claimed one life in the country late Saturday, the Ceylon Bank Employees 'Union has encouraged the use of ATMs and cash deposit machines over visiting Banks.
The Sri Lankan College of Otorhinolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons requests parents to protect their children from incidents as ENT surgeon's services have been limited to emergency care due to COVID-19 problem only.
The general public can communicate with the Task Force Operation Centre through the telephone numbers given below.
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 Sri Lankan cricket team also entered the fight against coronavirus by donating money to buy a diagnostic tool called video laryngoscope that would help treat patients who had been diagnosed.
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.
According to international reports, another Sri Lankan living in London, England has died from the novel coronavirus infection. He is the second Sri Lankan to ever succumb to the virus in England.
The Kalutara Health Science Institute is calling on the public to limit patient visits to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara, despite the prevailing situation.
One more patient diagnosed with Covid-19 has been recovered and discharged from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Health Ministry said.
A meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, presided over by its head Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, took place last morning
Health Ministry confirms that two more had tested positive for the Coronavirus. Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 115.
Both restaurants, stores, and other businesses are to remain closed throughout the curfew time and such businesses will not be permitted to open in any circumstances. In the event that any of these establishments are found to be illegal, legal action against them will be taken, DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Two more villages at Kadayankulam in the Puttalam district and Akurana in the Kandy district are sealed-off by health authorities. A total of four villages including Atalugama in the Kalutara district are also virtually sealed-off.
Considering the national emergency circumstances and the need to assist the country and its people, members of the Special Forces (SF) Regiment HQ at Naula, Matale in line with the thinking of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva,
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 President and the Prime Minister have approved the following: Payment of the Annual Festival Advance to public servants, interim payment of Rs. 5,000 each to the 2.3 million Samurdhi families and to pay the allowance for persons with disabilities to those who are registered but yet to receive the allowance.
The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.
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.
The Government has banned entry of incoming passenger flights at the Bandaranaike International Aiport (BIA) until 7 April.
A 61-year-old Sri Lankan male living in Feltham, London has died today from an infection with COVID-19, sources said. They said the patient has been at a hospital's Intensive Care Unit in London.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid homage to the Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic in Kandy today (28). President was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the venue.
Three more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus, increasing Sri Lanka's total number of cases to 113. Four patients were officially contracting the COVID-19 virus earlier today
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.
Another 300 returnees, who underwent 14-day quarantine process, left the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) run quarantine centres today (28).
In the wake of the emergency situation prevailing due to coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the region, an accelerated grievance redress mechanism has been developed to resolve issues of the general public.
People who arrived in the country after March 14 from Chennai, India have been instructed to notify the Public Health Inspector in their respective residential areas, Health Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said today.
First COVID-19 death has been reported from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.
Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon (28 March), registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
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).
The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.
Four more COVID-19 patients were reported in Sri Lanka, bringing a total number of infected individuals to 110, the Ministry of Health says.
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 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.
Another individual today (28) tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health says. According to health ministry figures, a total of 107 people with coronavirus have been diagnosed in Sri Lanka to date
PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the police to allow vehicles to transport vital consumer goods and vegetables to economic centers. That was confirmed today by the Prime Minister's Office (28).
Two more patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovered and discharged from the hospital, the health ministry reports. Accordingly, so far nine patients with coronavirus who tested positive for the virus have made a full recovery.
Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday appealed to world leaders to let kindness and compassion be their guide and stop wars, lift all sanctions and barriers, and express solidarity in this time of global crisis.
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.
The patient's father and sister, who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) from Atalugama area in Bandaragama, were hospitalized after experiencing suspicious symptoms. They were admitted to Nagoda General Hospital, Kalutara.
Blood donation campaigns organized by the Northern and Eastern Naval Commands were held 0n 27th March 2020, with the participation of naval personnel attached to the respective commands.
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.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle, Matara, Kaluthara and Kurunagala districts after 2.00 p.m.
No new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Sri Lanka during the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says. The last confirmed patient was identified on Thursday (26) according to the situation report released by the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit earlier in the day.
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.
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.
Hon Minister of Health Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Director General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinha, together with several officials Thursday (26)
The Government urges Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to their Motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of COVID – 19 virus minimized.
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.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said on Twitter, posting a video message.
Arrangements have been made to facilitate the delivery of drugs to patients who need them through identified pharmacies in their respective areas.
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.
Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today came up with many situations that he said the government was likely to face from April 4-11, as some health sector officials have highlighted.
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.
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).
Bill Gates may have predicted that a pandemic like the coronavirus was coming back in 2018. Now the Microsoft (MSFT) founder reveals his thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
According to the Police Media Spokesperson, 4018 people have been arrested for breaching curfew island-wide. Some of the violators were arrested on the roads for loitering, the police said.
The 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.
Supporting the government’s effort in assisting low income families affected, during curfew to control the spreading of coronavirus, a group of philanthropists handed over 85 dry ration parcels to be distributed among needy (daily wage earners) in the Colombo district.
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.
As per the directions issued by the Presidential Secretariat on March 23, 2020, Value added tax (VAT) payments due from corporations for the months of February and March 2020 has been extended up to April 30,2020, the Department of Inland Revenue said.
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.
Another two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Sri Lanka. As of now, the total COVID-19 patients reported from Sri Lanka is 106, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.
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.
On President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's directives, the Presidential Secretariat's public relations unit will be open 24 hours. The hotlines were set up on telephone numbers 011-2354550/011-2354655 to lodge complaints about violations of government orders or any inconvenience to the public.
The Sri Lanka Navy has developed a disinfection chamber to prevent and control the spread of new coronavirus.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m.
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.
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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.
Two new cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka have been confirmed, says the health ministry.
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‘Contact Sri Lanka’ an online portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans was launched today (26 March 2020) at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
“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 .
As per the powers vested in the President under the Constitution, the responsibility to ensure that the civilian life moves on without any hindrance has been bestowed with the Presidential Task Force established to combat COVID – 19 in Sri Lanka.
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.
To strengthen the government's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country, the duration from March 30 to April 03 had been declared as a time of' Work from Home,' the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said.
Health Ministry says there have been no records of COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka over the last 24 hours. Until now, 102 patients have been diagnosed with the virus, out of which three have recovered, according to the ministry.