Coronavirus outbreak - Updates

Modi kicks off India’s vaccination campaign, among world’s largest

Modi kicks off India’s vaccination campaign, among world’s largest

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Saturday one of the world’s largest vaccination campaigns, as part of efforts by the populous nation to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control starting with two locally-manufactured shots. MORE..

| January 16, 2021  11:23 am
Coronavirus: Death toll in U.S exceeds 400,000

Coronavirus: Death toll in U.S exceeds 400,000

Total lives in the United States claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic have surpassed the grim milestone of 400,000 with 3,417 new fatalities reported within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 16, 2021  8:33 am
Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million: John Hopkins tally

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million: John Hopkins tally

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  11:52 pm
Coronavirus: 695 new infections confirmed within the day

Coronavirus: 695 new infections confirmed within the day

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today (January 14), as 375 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  10:09 pm
Total Covid-19 deaths in Sri Lanka hit 255

Total Covid-19 deaths in Sri Lanka hit 255

Director-General of Health Services has confirmed that 04 new Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the country today (January 15). MORE..

| January 15, 2021  9:15 pm
PCR tests conducted on 493 more at Parliament

PCR tests conducted on 493 more at Parliament

PCR tests have been carried out on another 493 persons including 16 parliamentarians at the Parliamentary premises today (15). MORE..

| January 15, 2021  6:52 pm
Sri Lanka’s confirmed Covid-19 cases cross 51,000

Sri Lanka’s confirmed Covid-19 cases cross 51,000

The total count of COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 51,219 as 320 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  6:22 pm
Sri Lanka reports 512 more Covid-19 recoveries

Sri Lanka reports 512 more Covid-19 recoveries

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry confirms that another 512 patients have recovered from Covid-19 and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total number of recoveries in the country to 44,259. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  5:04 pm
WHO team probing origin of Covid-19 arrives in China

WHO team probing origin of Covid-19 arrives in China

A World Health Organization (WHO) team has arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start its investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  2:11 pm
PCR tests on 15 MPs show negative Covid-19 results

PCR tests on 15 MPs show negative Covid-19 results

All 15 Members of Parliament who were referred to PCR tests on Wednesday (January 13), have tested negative for COVID-19, says the Communications Department of the House. MORE..

| January 15, 2021  10:25 am
COVID-19 deaths in Sri Lanka cross 250-mark

COVID-19 deaths in Sri Lanka cross 250-mark

Four new COVID-19 related deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka today, says the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  11:58 pm
Doctor who attended gathering at GMOA chief’s house contracts coronavirus

Doctor who attended gathering at GMOA chief’s house contracts coronavirus

A doctor who attended a gathering at the residence of Dr Anuruddha Padeniya, the President of Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), has tested positive for COVID-19. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  11:53 pm
Sri Lanka registers 316 new COVID-19 cases

Sri Lanka registers 316 new COVID-19 cases

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today (January 14), as 316 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  8:07 pm
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 tally up by 354 new infections

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 tally up by 354 new infections

The total count of COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 50,583 as 354 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  6:25 pm
Coronavirus: 480 more patients discharged upon recovery

Coronavirus: 480 more patients discharged upon recovery

The Ministry of Health says that 480 patients being treated for COVID-19 have recovered and were discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  5:55 pm
Coronavirus recoveries from prison cluster nearing 4,000

Coronavirus recoveries from prison cluster nearing 4,000

Nearly 4,000 coronavirus patients detected from the prison cluster have regained health so far, says the Department of Prisons. MORE..

| January 14, 2021  1:39 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll climbs to 247

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll climbs to 247

Sri Lanka has registered 03 more coronavirus-related deaths, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. MORE..

| January 13, 2021  9:38 pm
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka cross 50,000

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka cross 50,000

Covid-19 infections registered in Sri Lanka crossed 50,000 as 378 more persons have tested positive today (January 13). MORE..

| January 13, 2021  8:39 pm
Uptick in COVID-19 figures as 309 more test positive

Uptick in COVID-19 figures as 309 more test positive

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 numbers saw a surge today, as 309 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 13, 2021  6:17 pm
Total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka surpass 43,000

Total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka surpass 43,000

The Ministry of Health says that 646 patients being treated for COVID-19 have recovered and were discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE...

| January 13, 2021  4:14 pm
UK strain of coronavirus detected in person visiting Sri Lanka

UK strain of coronavirus detected in person visiting Sri Lanka

The new variant of the COVID-19 virus found in the United Kingdom (UK) has been detected in a person who has visited Sri Lanka, says Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera. MORE..

| January 13, 2021  1:31 pm
COVID-19 fatalities in Sri Lanka hikes to 244

COVID-19 fatalities in Sri Lanka hikes to 244

Sri Lanka has reported 04 more coronavirus-related deaths, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. MORE..

| January 12, 2021  11:21 pm
Coronavirus: 588 new COVID-19 infections confirmed today

Coronavirus: 588 new COVID-19 infections confirmed today

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today, as 278 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 12, 2021  9:00 pm
Covid-19 cases exceed 49,000 in Sri Lanka

Covid-19 cases exceed 49,000 in Sri Lanka

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Sri Lanka thus far has crossed the 49,000 mark today after another 310 persons tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 12, 2021  5:56 pm
Coronavirus: 530 more patients discharged upon recovery

Coronavirus: 530 more patients discharged upon recovery

The Ministry of Health says that 530 patients being treated for COVID-19 have recovered and were discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 12, 2021  3:44 pm
Sri Lanka reports another 8 deaths from COVID-19

Sri Lanka reports another 8 deaths from COVID-19

The total count of COVID-19 fatalities in Sri Lanka has gone up as 8 more deaths were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

| January 12, 2021  12:03 am
Sri Lanka reports 283 more COVID-19 infections

Sri Lanka reports 283 more COVID-19 infections

The Government Information Department reports that 283 more persons have tested positive for Covid-19, increasing today’s tally of fresh cases to 568 thus far. MORE..

| January 11, 2021  8:55 pm
285 new cases of coronavirus reported

285 new cases of coronavirus reported

The total count of COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 48,665 as 285 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 11, 2021  7:01 pm
Covid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka cross 42,000

Covid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka cross 42,000

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry confirms that another 766 patients have recovered from Covid-19 and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total number of recoveries in the country to 42,091. MORE..

| January 11, 2021  5:14 pm
PM’s Political Affairs Coordinating Secretary contracts COVID-19

PM’s Political Affairs Coordinating Secretary contracts COVID-19

Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary for Political Affairs, Kumarasiri Hettige has tested positive for COVID-19. MORE..

| January 11, 2021  12:20 am
Sri Lanka confirms three new COVID-19 related deaths

Sri Lanka confirms three new COVID-19 related deaths

Director-General of Health Services has confirmed three more COVID-19 related fatalities in the country. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  11:18 pm
Ravinatha Aryasinha tests positive for COVID-19

Ravinatha Aryasinha tests positive for COVID-19

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Mr Ravinatha Aryasingha has tested positive for COVID-19, Ada Derana learns. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  9:46 pm
More coronavirus cases bring total count to 48,376

More coronavirus cases bring total count to 48,376

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today, as 236 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  7:42 pm
New Covid-19 cases push total count past 48,000

New Covid-19 cases push total count past 48,000

The total count of Covid-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 48,140 as 300 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  6:08 pm
Sri Lanka confirms 487 new Covid-19 recoveries

Sri Lanka confirms 487 new Covid-19 recoveries

The Ministry of Health says that 487 patients being treated for Covid-19 have recovered and discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  4:34 pm
Rauff Hakeem tests COVID-19 positive

Rauff Hakeem tests COVID-19 positive

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader MP Rauff Hakeem has tested positive for coronavirus infection. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  10:02 am
Global COVID-19 tally crosses 90 million-mark

Global COVID-19 tally crosses 90 million-mark

Over 90 million (90,077,058) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,934,801 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. MORE..

| January 10, 2021  9:34 am
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 fatality count up by 4

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 fatality count up by 4

The coronavirus death toll in Sri Lanka has been increased by four new deaths, confirms the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

| January 9, 2021  8:27 pm
Coronavirus: 238 new cases confirmed

Coronavirus: 238 new cases confirmed

The Government Information Department reports that 238 more persons have tested positive for Covid-19, increasing today’s tally of fresh cases to 535 thus far. MORE..

| January 9, 2021  8:12 pm
Coronavirus: Sri Lanka reports 521 new recoveries

Coronavirus: Sri Lanka reports 521 new recoveries

The Ministry of Health says that 521 patients being treated for Covid-19 have recovered and were discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 9, 2021  4:31 pm
Ukraine goes into tighter lockdown

Ukraine goes into tighter lockdown

Ukraine closed schools, restaurants and gyms on Friday as a new nationwide lockdown took effect to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the nation of 41 million people. MORE..

| January 9, 2021  1:08 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 deaths increase to 225

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 deaths increase to 225

The Director General of Health Services has confirmed three more Covid-19 related deaths in the country today (8) increasing the death toll due to the virus to 225. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  9:06 pm
Coronavirus: 273 new cases confirmed

Coronavirus: 273 new cases confirmed

The Government Information Department reports that 273 more persons have tested positive for Covid-19, increasing today’s tally of fresh cases to 524 thus far. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  8:14 pm
Sri Lanka adds 251 new COVID-19 cases; total tops 47,000

Sri Lanka adds 251 new COVID-19 cases; total tops 47,000

Covid-19 infections registered in Sri Lanka crossed 47,000 as 251 more persons have tested positive today (January 08). MORE..

| January 8, 2021  6:12 pm
Total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka cross 40,000

Total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka cross 40,000

The Ministry of Health says that 656 patients being treated for Covid-19 have recovered and were discharged from hospitals within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  4:42 pm
Hejaaz Hizbullah contracts COVID-19

Hejaaz Hizbullah contracts COVID-19

Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hizbullah, who is currently under detention of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has tested positive for COVID-19. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  12:54 pm
UGC premises closed off after coronavirus exposure

UGC premises closed off after coronavirus exposure

University Grants Commission (UGC) premises has been closed temporarily, says the Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  11:32 am
Dayasiri Jayasekara tests COVID-19 positive

Dayasiri Jayasekara tests COVID-19 positive

State Minister of Batik, Handloom Fabrics and Local Apparel Products Dayasiri Jayasekara has tested positive for COVID-19, Ada Derana learns. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  10:12 am
WHO warns of ‘tipping point’ in COVID-19 pandemic

WHO warns of ‘tipping point’ in COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned of a tipping point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, amid growing fears over more infectious variants of the virus that have resulted in a surge of infections. MORE..

| January 8, 2021  9:33 am
Confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 46,780 as more people test positive

Confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 46,780 as more people test positive

The total count of COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 46,780 as 277 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| January 7, 2021  9:34 pm