Coronavirus outbreak - Updates
Another group of 288 individuals who successfully completed the 14-day quarantine process have left for homes today (03). MORE..
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved the $128.6 million Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help the country prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness. MORE..
The police have arrested 1,264 persons for violating curfew orders during the 24-hour period from 6.00 am yesterday (02) until 6.00 am this morning (03). MORE..
The death toll worldwide from COVID-19 has surpassed 50,000, and more than a million people have tested positive, official figures show. MORE..
Sri Lanka Police says that 10,039 individuals have been arrested from across the island so far for violating the curfew currently in effect. MORE..
Another patient has tested positive for COVID-19 today (02), bringing the confirmed cases tally to 151, the Ministry of Health says. MORE..
A total of 10,003 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now died in Spain, according to the country’s health ministry, marking a rise of 950 deaths from Wednesday’s figures. MORE..
A total of 300 individuals, who have had contacts with the patient who succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday (01), have been sent for quarantine, says the Commander of Army. MORE..
The Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe stated that two more patients have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 150. MORE..
A university student has been arrested and remanded for spreading false information on social media regarding the Coronavirus, police said today. MORE..
The third COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka was reported from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) Wednesday (01). MORE..
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect hundreds of thousands across the world, the dire need for new equipment to fight the virus is increasingly rife. MORE..
Israel’s health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday. MORE..
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. MORE..
National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) considering the national emergency has launched an ‘online solution’ to provide demands of public relief measures and identify COVID-19 victims. MORE..
A very constructive discussion of over two hours took place at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (01) between the Government and the United National Party (UNP) representatives, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). MORE..
Strict legal action will be sought against those who make defamatory, malicious posts on social media against public servants who are fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, says the Police Media. MORE..
SriLankan Airlines today announced that the airline is compelled to temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th to 21st of April 2020 in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations it operates to. MORE..
Attorney General Dappula de Livera has requested the Chief Justice to consider the cancellation of proceedings in the High Court fixed for the next two curfew days – 2nd and 3rd of April. MORE..
(UPDATE) SriLankan Airlines today announced that the airline is compelled to temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th to 21st of April 2020 in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations it operates to. MORE..
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. MORE..
The Department of Immigration and Emigration today announced that the validity period of all categories of visas of all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka will be extended until May 12, 2020. MORE..
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have discussed the latest developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19 during a phone conversation. MORE..
The curfew currently in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna, which have been identified as High Risk Zones in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, will be in effect until further notice, the President’s Media Division said. MORE..
The coronavirus pandemic is the worst global crisis since World War II, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday (Mar 31), expressing concern that it could trigger conflicts around the world. MORE..
The chief prelates of Asgiriya and Malwatta chapters have requested all Buddhist temples in the country to chant ‘Pirith’ every day for a consecutive week. MORE..
With direct deposits and donations from organizations and individual donors, the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s balance surpasses Rs. 242 million, says the President’s Media Division. MORE..
Army Commander says that a total of 2,021 persons, who were quarantined at the facilities maintained by the security forces, have been sent home so far. MORE..
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 10 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 as at 7.30 pm today (31). MORE..
The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High-Risk Zones will remain in force until further notice, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said today. MORE..
The University Grants Commission (UGC) decided to extend the deadline for calling applications for university admission for the academic year 2019/2020 based on the results of the G.C.E (A/L) Examination 2019. MORE..
COVID-19 cases tally in Sri Lanka has surged to 129 as seven new patients tested positive for the deadly virus as at 3.20 pm today (31), says the Ministry of Health. MORE..
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, today (31), has taken measures to provide the medical and non-medical staff of the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital with necessary protective gear. MORE..
A host of more financial and material benefits have been granted to low income and vulnerable families and individuals in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. MORE..
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. MORE..