Sunday, April 26

95 Navy personnel among those infected with COVID-19

A total of 45 new COVID-19 patients were detected in the country today bringing the total number for patients recorded to 505.

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Total number of COVID-19 patients rise to 505

Among those confirmed today were seven from the Kandakuda quarantine centre, four from the Welisara Navy camp and a 12-year boy from Bandaranayakapura.

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Saturday, April 25

Total number of COVID-19 patients rise to 440

A total of 20 COVID-19 patients were detected in the country today bringing the total number of patients to 440, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr.Anil Jasinghe said.

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Friday, April 24

COVID-19 cases soar to 417 with 49 new cases confirmed today

The number of COVID-19 patients in the country soared to 417 today with a total of 49 new cases detected during the day of which 30 were navy personnel attached to the Welisara Navy camp.

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SAARC Health Minister's hold video conference on COVID-19

Real-time sharing of information and clinical data, capacity building and training of medical and paramedical staff, supply of medicines and medical equipment were among the topics discussed at a SAARC Health Minister's video conference held today.

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SC new term may be delayed as area around superior court complex becomes high-risk for coronavirus

The second term of the Supreme Court for 2020 which was scheduled to commence on Monday will not take place in the event the situation in the locality of the Superior Courts Complex continues to be identified as an area unsafe for public to access and move around.

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AG seeks clearance to resume work after COVID-19 scare

The Attorney General’s Department has sought clearance to resume work after the Department was declared out of bounds on Monday following a security officer employed there testing positive for COVID-19.

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Thursday, April 23

Welisara Navy camp isolated as 29 sailors there test positive for COVID-19

Thirty- eight new COVID-19 positive cases, of whom 29 are navy personnel attached to the Welisara Navy camp, were identified today, the largest number of cases recorded in the country for a single day.

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Over 530 tested at Peliyagoda Fish Market for COVID-19

As part of the Health Ministry’s program of increasing the number of PCR tests carried out to identify COVID-19 infected persons, health authorities took samples from 530 person from the Peliyagoda Fish Market on Wednesday , the largest number of samples taken from a single location so far.

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Bogambara Prison complex readied to be used as quarantine center if needed

The Prison Department has put in place a contingency plan to use the Bogambara Prison complex in Kandy to isolate prisoners if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 among the inmates, Commissioner General T.M.J. W. Tennakoon said.

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Toyota Lanka donates two buses to be used for COVID-19 activities

Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited donated two buses worth Rs. 20 million to support COVID-19 combat operations.

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Canada supports communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in Sri Lanka

The Government of Canada has provided over CAD $56,000 (approximately 7.5 million LKR) to support Sri Lanka’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic through targeted relief to some of those most affected in vulnerable communities.

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Wednesday, April 22

COVID-19 cases rise to 323 as Govt. introduces more restrictions

Thirteen new COVID-19 patients were confirmed today bringing the total number of cases in the country to 323 as the Heath authorities put more restrictions in place closing all barber shops and salons and limiting the number of passengers travelling in taxis and three wheelers.

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Japan grants $1.2M to combat COVID-19 in Sri Lanka through UNICEF, IOM, and IFRC

The Japanese Government has provided a total sum of around $ 1,212,500 (approx. Rs. 230 million) through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for tackling the novel COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

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Tuesday, April 21

Six more COVID -19 positive patients were detected in the country today Increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 310.

Five of the patients were detected from Bandaranayakapura in Colombo -12 while the other was identified from Warakapola, the Health Ministry said.

Four patients who were under treatment were discharged bringing the total number recovered to 102.

Over 1000 sent to quarantine centers from Colombo - 12 as major COVID-19 cluster detected

Health authorities sent off 1010 persons from Bandaranayakapura in Colombo -12 to quarantine centers and placed around 1000 others in the area under lockdown after a major COVID -19 cluster was detected in the area .

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SL records highest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a day

A record number of 33 COVID-19 patients were detected in the country today bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 304.

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SriLankan Airline’s on mercy mission to bring home students stranded in India, Pakistan and Nepal

SriLankan Airlines will operate special flights from several cities in India, Pakistan and Nepal to bring back 433 Sri Lankan students who are stranded in these countries, the Airline said in a news release today.

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Monday, April 20

SL-India discuss bilateral efforts against COVID-19

Acting High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob called on Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today where they discussed the ongoing bilateral efforts to fight against the COVID- 19 epidemic.

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ADIC says reopening liquor outlets could have serious consequences on COVID-19 control measures

The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) has objected to the decision taken by the government to reopen liquor outlets warning that this decision could have serious consequence for the country.

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SL air quality index improves under COVID-19 curfew

Sri Lanka's air quality index has improved during the period the country has been under curfew to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Central Environment Authority (CEA) said.

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AG Dept. closes as security officer tests positive for coronavirus

The Attorney General’s Department was declared out of bounds today and will remain closed until further notice after one of its security officers tested positive for the coronavirus.

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CSE calls for disclosure regarding Impact of COVID-19 on Listed Companies

Chief Regulatory Officer of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Renuke Wijayawardhane has sent a circular addressed to Chief Executive Officers, Company Secretaries and Registrars of All Listed Companies requiring them to, as a matter of priority,make a disclosure to the market on the impact of COVID-19 on them.

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Colombo 3 other districts to remain under curfew till 27 April as COVID-19 cases see sharp increase

The Government told announced that the ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will remain in force until 5 a.m. on 27 April, backtracking from an earlier decision to relax the curfew in these areas on Wednesday (22 April).

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Sunday, April 19

Utility bill payments through supermarkets suspended as part of operational guidelines in place as country opens after COVID-19 shutdown

Utility bill payments through supermarket counters will be suspended and customer operated devices such as touch screens at cashier counters removed, under the Operational Guidelines on Preparedness and Response for COVID-19 Outbreak for Workplace Settings issued by the Health Ministry.

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Seventeen new COVID-19 cases confirmed bringing total to 271

A total of 17 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today bringing the total number detected in the country to 271 today.

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Easing of curfew will come with several restrictions

While the month-long curfew will be relaxed between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. from tomorrow (20 April) in 18 districts and in the rest of the districts from 22 April onward, there will be several restrictions in place with movement between districts confined to essential services including office work.

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Saturday, April 18

ICTA officially distances itself from GMOA’s controversy COVID-19 Exit Strategy

The Information and Communication Agency ( ICTA) today distanced itself from a controversial document published by the GMOA on an Exit Strategy for COVID -19 in which it advocated racial profiling.

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Govt. relaxes curfew hours in bid to restore normalcy

The Government today announced a drastic move away from the strict curfew that has been in place for a month throughout the country.

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COVID-19 confirmed cases rise to 248

The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country rose to 248 with four new cases detected in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

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Ceylon Chamber of Commerce proposes public-private shared vision for post COVID-19 accelerated economic recovery

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa proposing a Shared Vision, Economic Recovery Strategy and Stimulus Plan targeting an accelerated Post-COVID-19 recovery of Sri Lanka's economy.

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GMOA makes overnight changes to its COVID-19 Exit Strategy after coming under fire for its racist stance

The GMOA has revised its concept paper on the exit strategy for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka overnight after it came under fire for advocating racial profiling as part of its strategy.

The document which was originally identified as the GMOA/ICTA’s concept paper on COVID-19 Exit Strategy was updated on the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) official website today after criticism on social media over its racist stance.The reference to ICTA was removed from the updated document.

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Friday, April 17

COVID-19 cases increase to 242 while over 500 tested in single day

Four more COVID-19 patients were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of cases detected so far to 242, the the Health Ministry said today.

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Former Speaker appeals to Govt., Opp. to work together to avoid constitutional crisis amidst COVID-19 battle

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today appealed to the government, opposition, and other stakeholders to set aside their political differences and take urgent and meaningful steps to avoid an unnecessary constitutional crisis in case the general election cannot be held on time.

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Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

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Thursday, April 16

COVID-19 confirmed cases increase to 238 as GMOA says upto to 23,000 persons may be exposed to virus

Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday (15 April) bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 238, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health.

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Foreign Ministry holds video conference to discuss welfare measures for Lankan workers in the Middle East

Sri Lanka Missions in the Middle East have reported that the welfare measures for migrant workers in the Middle East have received an added boost this week following the decision by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to make available resources from the Workers’ Welfare Fund, originally confined to those registered with the Bureau, to all migrant workers irrespective of their registration status, through units within Sri Lanka Missions abroad in 16 stations.

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Ranil writes to Donald Trump requesting him to restore WHO funding

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe wrote to US President Donald Trump today requesting him to reconsider his decision to cut US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Wednesday, April 15

Colombo, Kalutara top confirmed COVID-19 cases, Health Ministry

Colombo and Kalutara districts have so for recorded the highest number of confirmed cases of COVDI-19  in Sri Lanka followed by the other four districts that have been designated as High-Risk zones in the country.

Puttlam has recorded 35 confirmed cases, Gampaha 26, Jaffna 13 and Kandy 7 by 10 a.m. today (15 April) , according to the daily COVID-19 situation report released by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health.

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Mangala cautions Govt. against rushing into an election

Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today cautioned the Government against rushing into an election saying the sacrifices made by the people of the country by staying in their homes for a month will be  wasted if an election is  held at this juncture.

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SriLankan Airlines extends flights suspension till 30 April

SriLankan Airlines has extended the suspension of its scheduled passenger flights till April 30, 2020, the Airline announced today (15 April).

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