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.
We, at SriLankan Airlines, regret very much to inform our valued passengers that the Airline is compelled to temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th April 2020 to 21st of April 2020 in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations we operate to.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced relief to all investors in the Colombo stock market, which has been affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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.
Emergency field hospitals were readied in New York's Central Park and at the home of the US Open tennis tournament as the number of American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 4,000 -- higher than the toll in China.
The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.
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 Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has continued to receive inquiries pertaining to the hosting of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and requesting guidance to comply with the mandatory requirement within the boundaries of an excepted framework in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
As the global pandemic crisis intensifies, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, remains committed to keeping Sri Lanka connected during these challenging times.
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.
While Airport and Services Service (Sri Lanka) is taking every measure to fight against the COVID – 19 Virus, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is facilitating the airlines for cargo movements.
Sri Lankans across the country will get a glimpse to the future of technology with the Live 5G Showcase by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, which commenced its cross-country tour at Kegalle Balika Vidyalaya showcasing the latest in global technology advancements and 5G capabilities.
A number of issues that emerged in the apparel industry following the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Essential Services, led by Basil Rajapaksa.
Akbar Brothers Pvt Ltd handed over the contribution cheque of Rs 50 Million to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund.
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
Two years ago when 60–year old R. Rasamma, living in the G.T. Division, Shannon Estate, Hatton was hospitalised, her experience was unpleasant. “2years ago, I was admitted to the Dickoya Base Hospital and I had such a bad experience.
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.
Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis.
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.
Headline inflation as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100)1 declined to 5.4 percent in March 2020 from 6.2 percent in February 2020.
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) decided to introduce number of measures to provide flexibility to Licensed Finance Companies (LFCs) and Specialised Leasing Companies (SLCs) facilitating them to support businesses and individuals affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The trade deficit widened in January 2020 compared to January 2019, as earnings from exports declined while expenditure on imports increased.
Researchers and scientists are working towards finding a solution to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Google Cloud has offered free public datasets to assist them in this endeavor.
To provide you with essential banking services, we are coming to your doorstep
NDB bank will visit for the following areas tomorrow. You may use an NDB card or any other bank’s card.
A military hospital ship arrived in New York Monday as America's coronavirus epicenter gears up for the peak of the pandemic, with emergency restrictions extended as the national death toll passed 3,000.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan formally step down as senior members of the British royal family on Tuesday, as they start a controversial new life in the United States.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on March 25 first warned the United States about the possibility a "COVID-19 second wave" might pop-up later this year after the current pandemic subsides.
Italy marked a minute of silence and flew flags at half mast Tuesday to mourn the 11,591 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic that has dramatically altered life in the Mediterranean country.
While the COVID–19 outbreak in the country has forced all citizens to remain indoors and has brought many banking activities to a halt, NDB has taken several steps to assist the Bank’s customers to perform their banking transactions in a secure and safe fashion with minimal contact.
To assist people who are looking for accurate health information, the chatbot is available in English, Arabic, Russian, and soon to be translated into 20 more languages. It highlights the most commonly asked questions and the latest news related to the pandemic.
The kits were moved from Guangzhou via Dubai by the air cargo carrier on the first of two such flights operated to transport supplies to Sao Paulo. During the same week,
With direct deposits and donations from organizations and individual donors the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s balance surpasses Rs. 242 million.
Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report Low-rated emerging market sovereigns with large near-term international bond repayments and significant reliance on foreign currency,
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.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Rating of Sri Lanka-based telecoms company Dialog Axiata PLC at ‘AAA(lka)’.
The government of Sri Lanka and Uber are joining forces to deliver essential supplies as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
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.
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is to remain closed for trading until the curfew is lifted from April 01. The Sri Lankan Government's unprecedented steps to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic include an extension of a countrywide curfew.
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.
Keells Online is back and operating out on a restricted environment with a limited range, considering the current capacity of our supply chains and team strength. This is to allow all of you, to be able to order your daily essentials.
Joining in Sri Lanka’s battle against COVID-19 and aware of the negative health and economic impact it will have, Akbar Brothers has pledged Rs. 100 million through a number of relief measures to ensure that its employees and the local community are sustained and supported during this difficult time.
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.
All operations of the Kollupitiya Hatton National Bank (HNB) branch have been shut down for 14 days after COVID-19 has been checked positively by a parent of a staff member of the specific branch, the bank said.
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.
In view of the extension of the curfew by the Government, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Tuesday, 31st March 2020.
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.
The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) yesterday said it offers services on its digital platform, a facility operational for several years to provide Certificates of Origin (COs) and related documents.
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.
In support of the Sri Lanka Navy’s contribution to contain the spread of novel coronavirus within the country, the Lalan Rubbers (Pvt) Ltd. handed over 20,000 latex gloves to Sri Lanka Navy at the Naval Headquarters today
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.
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has decided to introduce several extraordinary regulatory measures to provide flexibility to Licensed Commercial Banks and Licensed Specialised Banks to provide some relief to businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
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 National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), the Chamber of the Nation’s exporters, being proactive as always, offers the services of its digital platform which has been operational for several years to provide Certificates of Origin (COs) and related documents.
Stepping up its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Hayleys Group subsidiaries - Haycarb PLC, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) and Eco Solutions delivered Rs. 10.6 million worth of urgently required medical and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), towards the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit- the central facility to treat COVID-19 patients- of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).
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.
Footballers from around the world are joining together to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each reportedly giving €1 million ($1.1 million) to the cause.
Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61.
Strategy 1: Return approximately 20% of the balances amounting to around Rs.500 billion of the Employees Provident Fund, lying to the credit of members, directly to the Members.
The China Merchants Port Group (CMPort), one of the largest port operators in the world, has donated 1,000 pieces of protective suits to the Sri Lankan Government to support the ongoing national mission against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.
Essential medical apparatus worth Rs. 16 million consisting of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Ventilators, Non-Invasive Ventilators (BiPAP) and High Flow Oxygen Therapy systems were presented to the Ministry of Health by Lakdhanavi Ltd. last Friday.
SriLankan Airlines, continuing to answer the call of the Nation, uplifted a consignment of medical aid from Shanghai, China today (March 28,2020).
Total merchandise exports for Jan & Feb 2020, was US$ 1,931 which resulted in a reduction of 3.6% compared to the same period in 2019.
Local News: Here’s a list of vendors who supply essential products across Colombo.
The Central Bank on 27th March 2020 announced a series of wide-ranging financial concessions to alleviate the hardships businesses are facing owing to the impact of Covid-19.
The John Keells Group, through John Keells Foundation and in collaboration with South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd (SAGT) and Deutsche Bank, funded the establishment of a Molecular Virology Laboratory at National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH), to increase testing capacity of Sri Lanka.
In assistance to the Navy’s quarantine programme to control the spread of coronavirus in the country, the DSI Samson Group donated a stock of healthcare equipment to the Navy.
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.
Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday
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.
In view of the extension of the curfew by the Government, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Monday, 30th March 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.
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
Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, part of Publicis Groupe Sri Lanka, celebrated its commendable victory at the inaugural Epica Awards, organized by the 4As (Accredited Advertising Agencies Association) on 6th March 2020 at Taj Samudra.
People are always in search of happiness and leading a healthy lifestyle is one the key factors that enables it. A strong and sound body and mind, rid of illness is a paramount need.
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.
Asian equities mostly rose and the dollar extended losses Friday, with traders buoyed by government and central bank pledges to prop up the global economy as the coronavirus sends countries into lockdown.
Wurth Lanka (Pvt) Ltd – the subsidiary of Wurth Gmbh of Germany celebrated its 20th year of operations in Sri Lanka by sponsoring and organizing a Golf Tournament followed by cocktails for its valued customers at the RCGC recently. The tournament attracted over 200 players.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lankan army, accepting Nestlé’s donation from Fabrice Cavallin, Managing Director of Nestlé Lanka.
Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting.
A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.
Atlas Axillia PLC, a subsidiary of the Hemas Group, has gifted a fully homegrown Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robot to the Homagama Base Hospital, to assist medical personnel in the remote monitoring and care of patients affected by the Coronavirus.
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.
President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the $2 trillion rescue plan to salvage a US economy crippled by the novel coronavirus, on a day the nation's total count of COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000.
Italy has logged a shocking spike in its already staggering coronavirus death toll, with officials warning the peak of the crisis was still days away, as the global infection rate surges relentlessly upwards.
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).
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to set up the above Re-financing Facility in order to implement the decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers on 20.03.2020 to introduce a wide range of fiscal and financial concessions for COVID-19 hit business activities including self-employment businesses and individuals.
As parts of the Sri Lanka have been set curfews to combat the spread of COVID-19, there isn’t a single citizen in the world who has not been impacted by the current crisis.
Asiri Health today said that several hospital personnel have been isolated since yesterday (26) after a patient, whose family deliberately withheld relevant information, tested positive for COVID-19, at the Asiri Medical Hospital.
Keeping in line with the Government’s directive of declaring Insurance as an essential service, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) implemented a number of measures with immediate effect to serve its customers.
More luxury houses are postponing fashion shows around the world due to the coronavirus outbreak that has now spread to dozens of countries.
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.
Allows free medical consultation for 6 months through the Stay safe shop at home campaign Providing a much needed service under the prevailing health situation in the country, Daraz partnered with oDoc Sri Lanka, the virtual doctor consultation platform, to offer a range of medical services to the general public.
Industry leading local dairy milk processor, Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd., while being highly concerned of the ongoing COVI19 situation in the country, has ensured that they would continue to collect milk from the local dairy farmers.
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.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to immediately provide necessary facilities to ships calling at Ports in the country during the curfew period.
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.
The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has introduced online Government’s video conferencing solution based on open-source technologies to enable government organizations and employees to conduct their work effectively.