Coronavirus outbreak - Updates

Total recoveries from Covid-19 reach 3,457

Total recoveries from Covid-19 reach 3,457

Seventeen more patients who were under treatment for the Covid-19 were discharged today (20) as they have made complete recoveries, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| October 20, 2020  3:34 pm
60 more COVID-19 cases grow Minuwangoda cluster to 2,222

60 more COVID-19 cases grow Minuwangoda cluster to 2,222

Sixty more positive cases are reported from the Minuwangoda coronavirus cluster, the Department of Government Information confirmed. MORE..

| October 20, 2020  2:52 pm
World struggles as confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 40M

World struggles as confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 40M

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world. MORE..

| October 20, 2020  9:30 am
Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster expands by 40 more cases

Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster expands by 40 more cases

Forty more cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported from the Minuwangoda cluster, stated Commander of Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 19, 2020  7:14 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries climb to 3,440

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries climb to 3,440

Thirty-seven more coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital. MORE..

| October 19, 2020  3:22 pm
Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster: 47 more test positive

Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster: 47 more test positive

Forty-seven new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from the Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster, according to the Government Information Department. MORE..

| October 19, 2020  1:54 pm
Family members of Armour St. police sergeant test COVID-19 positive

Family members of Armour St. police sergeant test COVID-19 positive

Two family members of a sergeant at Armour Street Police Station have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, stated Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

| October 19, 2020  10:27 am
COVID-19: 39 more cases reported from Minuwangoda cluster

COVID-19: 39 more cases reported from Minuwangoda cluster

Thirty-nine more cases of coronavirus infection has been detected from the Minuwangoda cluster, stated the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  7:09 pm
Three more areas isolated

Three more areas isolated

Three areas under the Matugama Divisional Secretariat have been declared as isolated areas in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  6:54 pm
Nearly 15,000 PCR tests done at BOI factories

Nearly 15,000 PCR tests done at BOI factories

Nearly 15,000 PCR tests have been carried out so far in factories under the Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka, stated the State Minister of Aviation Services and Development of Export Zones, D. V. Chanaka. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  6:37 pm
22 more COVID-19 cases add to Minuwangoda cluster

22 more COVID-19 cases add to Minuwangoda cluster

Another 22 individuals are confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus infections, stated Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  4:18 pm
Travel restrictions on 04 villages in Kuliyapitiya

Travel restrictions on 04 villages in Kuliyapitiya

Measures have been taken to restrict movement in 04 villages in Kuliyapitiya following the discovery of 11 cases of COVID-19 infection. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  3:45 pm
COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka reach 3,403

COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka reach 3,403

Eight more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  2:21 pm
Hotline introduced for COVID-19 related inquiries

Hotline introduced for COVID-19 related inquiries

The Health Promotion Bureau has introduced a hotline for the public to make inquiries related to the coronavirus, stated the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  12:43 pm
Army chief on origin of COVID-19 second wave

Army chief on origin of COVID-19 second wave

The origin of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka could be a foreign country, says Army Commander and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 18, 2020  8:34 am
PCR test mandatory before flying abroad

PCR test mandatory before flying abroad

It has been made mandatory for all air passengers to undergo a PCR test before departing from Sri Lanka, stated the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd (AASL). MORE..

| October 17, 2020  9:45 pm
Covid-19 cases from Minuwangoda cluster surpass 2,000

Covid-19 cases from Minuwangoda cluster surpass 2,000

Total positive cases of Covid-19 reported from the Minuwangoda cluster topped the grim milestone of 2,000 this evening (17). MORE..

| October 17, 2020  7:30 pm
Special probe underway to trace Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster’s origin

Special probe underway to trace Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster’s origin

A special probe has been launched with the State Intelligence Service (SIS) officers to uncover the origin of the Covid-19 cluster linked to the Brandix apparel factory in Minuwangoda, says Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

| October 17, 2020  5:42 pm
Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster registers 73 more fresh cases

Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster registers 73 more fresh cases

The Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster has confirmed 73 more positive cases this evening (17), says the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 17, 2020  4:20 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries count hits 3,395

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries count hits 3,395

Ten more patients who were under treatment for the Covid-19 were discharged today (17) as they have made complete recoveries, the Ministry of Health said. Ten more patients who were under treatment for the Covid-19 were discharged today (17) as they have made complete recoveries, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| October 17, 2020  1:45 pm
Polonnaruwa General Hospital isolates a ward

Polonnaruwa General Hospital isolates a ward

Ward 22 of General Hospital in Polonnaruwa has been isolated after a Covid-19 infected person was identified. MORE..

| October 17, 2020  1:00 pm
Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster expands with 49 fresh cases

Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster expands with 49 fresh cases

The Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster has confirmed 49 more positive cases this evening (16), says the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 16, 2020  7:23 pm
CMC restricts public visits; Mayoress, councillors referred to PCR tests

CMC restricts public visits; Mayoress, councillors referred to PCR tests

The Mayoress of Colombo Rosy Senanayake, Municipal Commissioner Roshanie Dissanayake and all the Colombo Municipal Councillors have been referred to PCR tests, says the Chief Medical Officer CMC, Dr Ruwan Wijayamuni. MORE..

| October 16, 2020  4:13 pm
Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster confirms 61 more infections

Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster confirms 61 more infections

The Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster has registered 61 more positive cases today, says the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

| October 16, 2020  3:00 pm
Recoveries from Covid-19 reach 3,385

Recoveries from Covid-19 reach 3,385

Five more patients who were under treatment for the Covid-19 were discharged today (16) as they have made complete recoveries, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| October 16, 2020  2:34 pm
5,244 Covid-19 infections confirmed in Sri Lanka so far

5,244 Covid-19 infections confirmed in Sri Lanka so far

Total number of Covid-19 infections detected in Sri Lanka soared to 5,244 yesterday (15) after 74 more tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| October 16, 2020  9:39 am
19 more positive cases from Minuwangoda cluster

19 more positive cases from Minuwangoda cluster

Nineteen fresh cases of novel coronavirus have been reported from the Minuwangoda cluster. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  9:55 pm
Pharmacies, other essential outlets in curfew areas open tomorrow

Pharmacies, other essential outlets in curfew areas open tomorrow

Supermarkets, pharmacies and other outlets selling essential items located in the curfew-imposed areas will remain open tomorrow (16), the Commander of the Army announced. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  7:17 pm
Lawyers, other parties from curfew areas requested not to enter SC premises

Lawyers, other parties from curfew areas requested not to enter SC premises

Attorneys-at-Law and other parties from curfew-imposed areas have been requested to refrain from entering the Supreme Court premises at the Superior Court Complex in Hulftsdorp. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  6:17 pm
Health minister signs COVID-19 prevention regulations gazette

Health minister signs COVID-19 prevention regulations gazette

The gazette notification on the new COVID-19 preventive regulations has been signed by the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  5:10 pm
Cinemas in Sri Lanka closed until Oct. 31

Cinemas in Sri Lanka closed until Oct. 31

Sri Lanka has decided to temporarily close all cinemas in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic situation. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  5:00 pm
Three areas in Minuwangoda isolated

Three areas in Minuwangoda isolated

Three villages in Minuwangoda police area have been isolated due to the prevailing situation prompted by the recent outbreak of Covid-19. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  4:13 pm
COVID-19: 49 more cases add Minuwangoda cluster

COVID-19: 49 more cases add Minuwangoda cluster

More COVID-19 infections have been detected increasing the number of cases in the Minuwangoda cluster by 49 cases. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  3:17 pm
Five officers of Habaraduwa Police self-isolated

Five officers of Habaraduwa Police self-isolated

Five officers attached to the Habaraduwa Police in Galle have been placed under self-isolation due to Covid-19 risks. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  2:52 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries climbs to 3,380

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries climbs to 3,380

Twenty-three more patients have recovered from Covid-19 and have been discharged from hospital, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  2:22 pm
Health workers asked to communicate Covid-19 updates to media through authorized officers

Health workers asked to communicate Covid-19 updates to media through authorized officers

Director General of Health Services, Dr. S. Sridharan says information provided to the media regarding the current status updates of the Covid-19 outbreak directly affects its control and prevention mechanism. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  1:58 pm
Six buses identified to have transported COVID-19 cases

Six buses identified to have transported COVID-19 cases

Currently, 06 buses have been identified to have transported COVID-19 infected patients on them, confirmed the Minister of Transport Gamini Lokuge at a press conference held on Wednesday (October 14). MORE..

| October 15, 2020  12:21 pm
Medical faculties to assist in PCR testing

Medical faculties to assist in PCR testing

The Ministry of Health has requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) to allow medical faculties of Sri Lanka to assist in conducting PCR tests. MORE..

| October 15, 2020  11:31 am
Over 1,700 positive cases from Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster so far

Over 1,700 positive cases from Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster so far

Covid-19 patients reported in Sri Lanka soared to 5,170 as 132 persons tested positive for the virus yesterday (14). MORE..

| October 15, 2020  9:33 am
Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster expands by 113 cases

Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster expands by 113 cases

More individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus expanding the Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster by another 113 cases. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  7:43 pm
World Bank approves USD 12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

World Bank approves USD 12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Tuesday approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  7:43 pm
Quarantine curfew in Katunayake police area from tomorrow

Quarantine curfew in Katunayake police area from tomorrow

Quarantine curfew will be imposed in the Katunayake police area from 5.00 am tomorrow (October 15). MORE..

| October 14, 2020  6:52 pm
Covid-19: Minuwangoda cluster’s cases count tops 1,600

Covid-19: Minuwangoda cluster’s cases count tops 1,600

Seventeen more individuals linked to the Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster tested positive for the virus today (14). MORE..

| October 14, 2020  2:34 pm
29 infected with Covid-19 return to health

29 infected with Covid-19 return to health

A total of 29 more individuals infected with COVID-19 made complete recoveries today (14), the Ministry of Health confirmed. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  1:49 pm
Six teams to control COVID-19 virus in Colombo

Six teams to control COVID-19 virus in Colombo

Six teams have been deployed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the city of Colombo, said the Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  1:25 pm
Student sitting for A/L exam contracts Covid-19

Student sitting for A/L exam contracts Covid-19

A student from Divulapitiya, who is sitting for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination this year has tested positive for Covid-19, says the Administrative Public Health Inspector of the division, M. Kulatilake. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  1:19 pm
WHO says COVID-19 herd immunity ‘unethical’ but also rejects lockdown

WHO says COVID-19 herd immunity ‘unethical’ but also rejects lockdown

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries against perusing herd immunity to stop the spread of the virus, branding the method “unethical”. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  12:46 pm
All apparel factories asked to refer employees to PCR tests every 2 weeks

All apparel factories asked to refer employees to PCR tests every 2 weeks

The government has instructed all apparel factory managements to refer their employees to PCR test every two weeks. MORE..

| October 14, 2020  9:41 am
Sometimes people overreact when cases are found in their area – Army Chief

Sometimes people overreact when cases are found in their area – Army Chief

Complaints have been received that residents near homes of persons identified with COVID-19 have not been taken into quarantine, states the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO). MORE..

| October 14, 2020  9:11 am
Covid-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka sweep past 5,000 mark

Covid-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka sweep past 5,000 mark

Total number of positive Covid-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka has soared past the grim milestone of 5,000 today (13). MORE..

| October 13, 2020  10:48 pm