Coronavirus outbreak - Updates

Group of foreigners who are not in self-isolation found from Nilaveli

Group of foreigners who are not in self-isolation found from Nilaveli

Another group of 288 individuals who successfully completed the 14-day quarantine process have left for homes today (03). MORE..

| April 3, 2020  11:45 am
World Bank fast-tracks $128 Million COVID-19 support for Sri Lanka

World Bank fast-tracks $128 Million COVID-19 support for Sri Lanka

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..

| April 3, 2020  11:17 am
More than 1,200 curfew violators arrested within 24 hours

More than 1,200 curfew violators arrested within 24 hours

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..

| April 3, 2020  9:47 am
Coronavirus: Global infections over a million, death toll tops 50,000

Coronavirus: Global infections over a million, death toll tops 50,000

The death toll worldwide from COVID-19 has surpassed 50,000, and more than a million people have tested positive, official figures show. MORE..

| April 3, 2020  8:52 am
Sri Lanka confirms 4th death from coronavirus

Sri Lanka confirms 4th death from coronavirus

The fourth death from the novel coronavirus in Sri Lanka was reported a short while ago, according to Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  9:57 pm
Over 10,000 arrested for violating curfew in Sri Lanka

Over 10,000 arrested for violating curfew in Sri Lanka

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..

| April 2, 2020  7:58 pm
Another COVID-19 patient found; Total rises to 151

Another COVID-19 patient found; Total rises to 151

Another patient has tested positive for COVID-19 today (02), bringing the confirmed cases tally to 151, the Ministry of Health says. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  7:37 pm
Spain coronavirus fatalities surpass 10,000 with record 950 new deaths

Spain coronavirus fatalities surpass 10,000 with record 950 new deaths

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..

| April 2, 2020  7:18 pm
300 who had contact with deceased Covid-19 patient sent for quarantine

300 who had contact with deceased Covid-19 patient sent for quarantine

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..

| April 2, 2020  5:39 pm
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka rises to 150

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka rises to 150

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..

| April 2, 2020  5:32 pm
Uni. student arrested for spreading false info on Covid-19

Uni. student arrested for spreading false info on Covid-19

A university student has been arrested and remanded for spreading false information on social media regarding the Coronavirus, police said today. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  4:51 pm
Nearly 2,000 from Maradana in self-isolation following 3rd coronavirus death

Nearly 2,000 from Maradana in self-isolation following 3rd coronavirus death

The third COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka was reported from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) Wednesday (01). MORE..

| April 2, 2020  3:23 pm
Sri Lankan designs ventilator that can simultaneously support four patients

Sri Lankan designs ventilator that can simultaneously support four patients

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..

| April 2, 2020  1:40 pm
Israel’s health minister diagnosed with coronavirus

Israel’s health minister diagnosed with coronavirus

Israel’s health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  1:06 pm
195 quarantined persons sent home today

195 quarantined persons sent home today

Another batch of persons, who had returned to Sri Lanka from abroad, is to leave quarantine centers today (02) after undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine process. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  11:51 am
Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka rise to 148

Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka rise to 148

Two new COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed raising the total number of cases reported from the country to 148, Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  11:24 am
COVID-19 cases close to a million, debt relief needed for poorest nations – WHO

COVID-19 cases close to a million, debt relief needed for poorest nations – WHO

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..

| April 2, 2020  10:17 am
Online service set up for public relief & detecting COVID-19 victims

Online service set up for public relief & detecting COVID-19 victims

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..

| April 2, 2020  9:21 am
Govt, UNP discuss country’s prevailing situation & COVID-19 measures

Govt, UNP discuss country’s prevailing situation & COVID-19 measures

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..

| April 2, 2020  9:18 am
Over 9,400 curfew violators arrested so far

Over 9,400 curfew violators arrested so far

The police have arrested 1,015 persons for violating curfew orders during the 24-hour period from 6.00 am yesterday (01) until 6.00 am this morning (02). MORE..

| April 2, 2020  8:16 am
Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death

Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death

Another patient who tested positive for the Coronavirus has died, marking the third death reported in Sri Lanka due to COVID-19, according to hospital sources. MORE..

| April 2, 2020  12:02 am
Police to take strict action against social media posts attacking public servants

Police to take strict action against social media posts attacking public servants

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..

| April 1, 2020  8:07 pm
SriLankan Airlines to suspend all flights from April 8 to 21

SriLankan Airlines to suspend all flights from April 8 to 21

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..

| April 1, 2020  7:51 pm
Three more patients recover from Coronavirus

Three more patients recover from Coronavirus

Three more COVID-19 patients found in Sri Lanka have been discharged from hospitals after making a complete recovery, says the Ministry of Health. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  7:07 pm
Positive Covid-19 cases climb to 146

Positive Covid-19 cases climb to 146

The Ministry of Health says that 03 new COVID-19 positive patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  5:59 pm
AG calls for rescheduling HC proceedings fixed for April 2nd & 3rd

AG calls for rescheduling HC proceedings fixed for April 2nd & 3rd

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..

| April 1, 2020  5:10 pm
More quarantined persons leave for homes

More quarantined persons leave for homes

Another group of 100 who were directed to quarantine upon arriving on the island from foreign countries have been sent home today (01). MORE..

| April 1, 2020  4:01 pm
SriLankan suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

SriLankan suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

(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..

| April 1, 2020  3:52 pm
President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 with CBSL

President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 with CBSL

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..

| April 1, 2020  3:01 pm
51 families in Pannila sent for quarantine

51 families in Pannila sent for quarantine

Fifty-one families from the Pannila area in Beruwala have been directed to quarantine centers, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  2:31 pm
Validity period of visas extended for foreigners in Sri Lanka

Validity period of visas extended for foreigners in Sri Lanka

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..

| April 1, 2020  2:24 pm
Another COVID-19 patient recovers

Another COVID-19 patient recovers

One more COVID-19 patient has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from the virus earlier today (01), stated the Ministry of Health. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  12:30 pm
President and WHO chief hold phone conversation over COVID-19

President and WHO chief hold phone conversation over COVID-19

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..

| April 1, 2020  12:09 pm
Global coronavirus death toll passes 42,000

Global coronavirus death toll passes 42,000

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus has risen to 42,151, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  11:05 am
Curfew in 19 districts to continue until April 6

Curfew in 19 districts to continue until April 6

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..

| April 1, 2020  9:53 am
More than 8,400 arrested over curfew violations

More than 8,400 arrested over curfew violations

The total number of curfew violators, who were taken into police custody since the island-wide curfew was put imposed on March 20, has risen to 8,451. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  9:50 am
Coronavirus, the worst global crisis since WW II – UN chief

Coronavirus, the worst global crisis since WW II – UN chief

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..

| April 1, 2020  8:50 am
Total coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka rise to 143

Total coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka rise to 143

Sri Lanka yesterday recorded the highest daily surge in COVID-19 cases as a total of 21 patients tested positive for the virus during the course of the day. MORE..

| April 1, 2020  7:51 am
Asgiriya, Malwatta chief prelates request all temples to chant Pirith for a week

Asgiriya, Malwatta chief prelates request all temples to chant Pirith for a week

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..

| March 31, 2020  11:58 pm
COVID-19 Healthcare & Social Security Fund balance boosts to Rs 242 Mn

COVID-19 Healthcare & Social Security Fund balance boosts to Rs 242 Mn

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..

| March 31, 2020  10:35 pm
2,021 have left quarantine centres so far – Army Chief

2,021 have left quarantine centres so far – Army Chief

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..

| March 31, 2020  9:23 pm
COVID-19 cases tally jumps to 142 as 10 more test positive

COVID-19 cases tally jumps to 142 as 10 more test positive

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 10 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 as at 7.30 pm today (31). MORE..

| March 31, 2020  7:54 pm
Curfew in high-risk zones will be in force until further notice – PMD

Curfew in high-risk zones will be in force until further notice – PMD

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..

| March 31, 2020  7:04 pm
Deadline for calling university admission applications extended

Deadline for calling university admission applications extended

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..

| March 31, 2020  5:45 pm
Three new COVID-19 cases, total climbs to 132

Three new COVID-19 cases, total climbs to 132

Three more patients have tested positive for Coronavirus today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 132. MORE..

| March 31, 2020  4:54 pm
Japanese drug for COVID-19 arrives in Sri Lanka

Japanese drug for COVID-19 arrives in Sri Lanka

Experts in Sri Lanka are about to launch research into the Japanese drug which has been found to be useful in reducing the complications of the COVID-19 virus. MORE..

| March 31, 2020  4:12 pm
7 new Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka; Total surges to 129

7 new Coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka; Total surges to 129

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..

| March 31, 2020  3:45 pm
PM donates protective gear to Mulleriyawa hospital after ‘Derana Aruna’ revelation

PM donates protective gear to Mulleriyawa hospital after ‘Derana Aruna’ revelation

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..

| March 31, 2020  1:44 pm
Rs 5000 allowance for low income families affected by COVID-19 outbreak

Rs 5000 allowance for low income families affected by COVID-19 outbreak

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..

| March 31, 2020  1:30 pm
Sri Lankans missions in South Asia working towards ensuring expatriates’ safety

Sri Lankans missions in South Asia working towards ensuring expatriates’ safety

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..

| March 31, 2020  1:16 pm