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May11

Update : Trading at Colombo Stock Exchange suspended for the day. –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 863 : Health Ministry –
Heavy rains to be experienced in many areas in the coming days with some areas expected to receive rainfall of over 100mm – DMC –
Energy minister says certain electricity consumers were over charged due to CEB error and instructions given to rectify mistake : Ministry of Power & Energy –
Colombo Stock Exchange trading halted as it began trading for the first time after March 20th, as the S&P SL 20 index fell by 11:90% –
AG informs Supreme Court, he is not in a position to appear for the Elections Commission and it’s members in a FR case challenging the date of Election : AG’s CO –
22 COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 343 : Health Ministry –
10 hour water cut from 08AM tomorrow(12) for Wadduwa, Pothupitiya, Kalutara North & South, Maggona, Beruwala and surrounding areas : NWS&DB –
07 FR petitions filed challenging the dissolution of parliament to be considered by Supreme Court on 18th & 19th May –

May10

08 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 855 : Health Ministry –
Curfew for all other districts will be in effect from 08PM to 05AM daily until further notice. –
Curfew for Colombo and Gamapaha will continue until further notice : PMD –
Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe, the Director General of Army Health Services, assumes duties as the new Health Secretary –
Special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 178 Sri Lankans from Malaysia arrived at the BIA : Reporter – newsfirst.lk –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 856 : Health Ministry –
Weekly & Daily fairs, Gyms, Spas, Clubs, restaurants and food outlets will remain closed tomorrow : DIG Ajith Rohana –

May09

– Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 847 : Health Ministry
– 02 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 846 : Government Information Dept.
– 05 COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka rises to 260 : Health Ministry
– 09 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 844 : Health Ministry
– Champika Ranawaka & Kumara Welgama file FR application with Supreme Court challenging dissolution of parliament & declaration of election
– 15 COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka rises to 255 : Health Ministry
– Operations at the Colombo Stock Exchange will resume on 11th May : CSE
– 11 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 835 : Health Ministry

May08

– President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name included in Quarterly Publication of US Federal Register of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate.
– Total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka rises to 240 : Health Ministry
– Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 824 : Health Ministry
– 18 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 823 : Health Ministry

May07


18 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 823 : Health Ministry –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 805 : Health Ministry –
07 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 804 : Health Ministry –
Total COVID-19 recoveries is Sri Lanka rises to 232 : Health Ministry –
228 prisoners released from prisons across the island to coincide with national Vesak festival : Commissioner General of Prisons –
Abayapura Village in Lankapura, Polonnaruwa which was isolated due to COVID-19 detection, re-opened : Army Commander –
Special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 197 Sri Lankans from Dubai arrived at the BIA : Reporter

May06


Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 797 : Health Ministry –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 795 : Health Ministry –
Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed FR petition with Supreme Court challenging dissolution of Parliament and gazette declaring the election date –
Two people from Rajagiriya & Kolonnawa as well as the nurse at the National Hospital tested negative for COVID-19 : DG Health Services –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 774 : Health Ministry –
Special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 186 Sri Lankans from Singapore arrived at the BIA : Reporter –
Two COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 215 : Health Ministry –
A massive fire was reported at a residential building in Sharjah, UAE. No casualties have been reported. –
Another batch of 196 Sri Lankans returned to the island from the UK in a special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines : Army Commander

May05


06 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 771 : Health Ministry –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 765 : Health Ministry –
02 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 762 : Health Ministry –
16 more people recovered from COVID-19. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 213 : Health Ministry –
09 people tested positive for COVID-19 so far today. Total confirmed cases in Sri Lanka now at 760 : DG Health Services –
Education Ministry did not reach any decision to re-open schools on 01st of June : Minister of Education –
138 people including 29 from Rajagiriya & 27 from Kolonnawa moved in to quarantine following the detection of COVID-19 patients : Army Commander –
52 year old woman from Colombo 15 who was treated at IDH becomes the 09th person to die of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka : DG Health Services –
03 COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 197 : Health Ministry –
Fire reported at a disinfectant storage facility in Kalapaluwawa, Rajagiriya. 03 fire trucks dispatched to douse the fire : Fire Brigade –
US Ambassador Calls on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for discussions on COVID-19, Economy and Joint Collaborations : PM Office –
02 special repatriation flights to reach Colombo tomorrow from UK & Singapore. GoSL plans to repatriate students from Malaysia, Japan & Belarus : Admiral Jayanath Colombage –
04 people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 755 : Health Ministry –
33 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 31 of them are Sri Lanka Navy personnel & the other two were detected from quarantine camps : Army Commander

May04


19 more people tested positive for COVID- 19, bringing the total infected in Sri Lanka to 751- Ministry of Health –
72 year old woman becomes the 08th person in Sri Lanka to die because of COVID-19 : DG Health Services –
02 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed cases now at 721 & total recoveries rises to 194 : Health Ministry –
One person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 719 : DG Health Services –
Last digit of the NIC rule will only come in to effect from Monday the 11th of May : DIG Ajith Rohana –
Meeting underway at the Wijerama Residence between Prime Minister and Ex-MPs of the Tamil National Alliance –
Rs. 24 Billion released today for pension payment and allowances for Physically challenged, Senior Citizens and Kidney Disease : Finance Ministry Secretary –
03 COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 187 : Health Ministry –
AG advised Election Commission is required to follow procedure established by law to conduct Parliamentary Elections in terms of advise sought by NEC : AG’s CO –
Ex-parliamentarians meeting with the Prime Minister commences at Temple Trees : Reporter –
Special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 208 Sri Lankans from London, UK arrived at the BIA : Army Commander

May03


10 people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 718 : Health Ministry –
Last digit of the NIC rule is only applicable for the areas where the curfew is in effect: PMD –
Rs. 5000/- allowance for people affected by COVID-19 applicable for May as well. Payment of allowance & pension to commence tomorrow : PMD –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 708 : Health Ministry –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 707 & Total recoveries rises to 184 : Health Ministry –
The United National Party has decided to boycott tomorrow’s meeting at Temple Trees with the Prime Minister : UNP –
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 706 : Ministry of Health –
Akuressa PS Chairman & 03 others arrested in Maskeliya for traveling towards Sripada (Adam’s Peak) without a curfew pass : Police –
Akurana in Kandy & Beruwala in Kalutara which were declared as isolated areas following the detection of COVID-19 patients, re-opened : Army Commander –
10 more people recovered from COVID-19. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 182 : Health Ministry –
Prison break attempt by 07 inmates at Mahara Prison foiled. 38 year old inmate died after falling during escape attempt : Police Spokesperson –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 705 : Health Ministry

May02


12 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 702 : Health Ministry –
Special repatriation flights will operate on 03rd, 04th & 05th May for Sri Lankans who wish to return from the UK and Australia : SriLankan Airlines –
SLCERT has issued a “High” level threat alert on a new Android Malware designed to steal sensitive information of users. –
10 more COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 172 : Health Ministry –
The Samagi Jana Balavegaya and the JVP announced they would not attend Monday’s meeting with the Prime Minister

May01


For more information on the latest curfew update issued by the PMD, click here: https://bit.ly/2Wvjno7 or log on to –
Update : 01 more person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 690 : Health Ministry –
Update : 05 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries now at 162 : Ministry of Health –
15 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 689 : Health Ministry –
Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara & Puttalam to continue until 11th May. –
Islandwide curfew will be in effect from 6th of May to 11th May. Normal activities of people & institutions allowed to commence from May 11 despite curfew –
Curfew for other areas will be lifted at 5 am on 4th & reimposed at 8pm on the same day & will continue until 6th May. –
Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara & Puttalam to continue until 11th May. Curfew for other areas will be lifted at 5 am on 4th & reimposed at 8pm on the same day & continue until 6th May –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 674 : Health Ministry –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 671 : Health Ministry –
02 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 668 : Health Ministry –
Update : 03 more COVID-19 patients recover. Total recoveries now at 157 : Health Ministry –
One more person tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 666 : Government Information Dept –
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the highest-ranking Russian official known to be infected with the virus –
02 people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 665 : Health Ministry

April30


Update : 15 more people recovered from COVID-19 today. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 154 : Health Ministry –
03 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 663 : Health Ministry –
07 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 660 : Government Information Dept. –
In response to a letter by oppsosition party leaders, President says it is not possible to reconvene the parliament which was dissolved –
In response to a letter sent by the Acting IGP, the Attorney General says measures taken by Sri Lanka Police to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is validated by the law –
04 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 653 : Health Ministry –
Prime Minister invites all Former Parliamentarians got a meeting at Temple Trees on Monday 04th May –
03 people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 139 : Health Ministry –
30 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 22 of them are Sri Lanka Navy personnel : Army Commander

April29

-19 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 649: Health Ministry
-Curfew for all areas except for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam will be in effect from 08PM tomorrow until 05 AM on 04th May
-03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed cases in SL now at 630. Total recoveries at 136: Health Ministry
-05 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 627. 02 more people recovered, total recoveries at 136: Health Ministry
-Validity of curfew permits issued for institutions which provide essential services extended to the 31st of May: DIG Ajith Rohana
-Update: 226 Sri Lanka Navy personnel tested positive for COVID-19. 147 of them are from the Welisara Naval Complex and 79 were on leave: Army Commander
-Homagama Base Hospital will serve as a hospital to provide treatment for COVID-19 patients from today: DG Health Services
-Another special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 143 Sri Lankans from New Delhi, India arrived at the BIA: Reporter
-Control price of Rs. 100/-imposed for a kilogram of white sugar removed: Consumer Affairs Authority
-03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 622: Ministry of Health
-Post offices will be opened from 04th May for official purposes: Post Master General
-Military personnel who are injured & receiving treatment as well as those who are members national sports teams permitted to remain at home: Army Commander

April28

– 08 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 619: Ministry of Health
– 12 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 611: Health Ministry
– 03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 599: Health Ministry
– Today COVID-19 cases; 05 Sri Lanka Navy personnel & 03 people from the Punani Quarantine Facility. Total of 206 sailors tested positive: DG Health Services
– 04 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 596: Health Ministry
– Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning to occur in North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western and Uva provinces
– 04 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 592: Government Information Dept.
– 08 people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 134: Health Ministry
– Another special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 164 Sri Lankans from India arrived at the BIA: Reporter
– Guidelines issued for pregnant women; it is advised for pregnant women to obtain prior appointments before attending clinics: DG Health Services
– Batticaloa hospital started PCR tests yesterday. 1553 PCR tests conducted across the island yesterday: DG Health Services

April27

-10 more people tested positive for COVID-19. 58 people tested positive today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 581 : Health Ministry
Special Presidential Task Force appointed to ensure the health security at military camps. It will be led by Western Province Governor, Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Goonetileke : PMD
10 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 567 : DG Health Services
-Covid-19 has infected more than 03 million people and killed 207,265 people worldwide. Globally 883,306 people have recovered from the coronavirus.
-06 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 126 : Health Ministry

April26

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 485 : Health Ministry
Curfew will be relaxed again on 28th Tuesday from 05AM to 08PM for the island except for Colombo, Gamapaha, Kalutara & Puttlam : PMD
Curfew will be in effect across the country tomorrow in order to facilitate the return of Armed Forces personnel on leave, to their bases : PMD
– A total of 95 Sri Lanka Navy sailors tested positive for COVID-19. (68 from Welisara Navy Camp & 27 who were on leave) : Army Commander
Leave for all Armed Forces personnel cancelled. All Armed Forces personnel on leave must report to their respective camps immediately : Defence Ministry
-Results of the G. C. E. Ordinary Level exam will be released within the next two days : Commissioner General of Examinations
-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 46; 40 people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. : Army Commander

April25

Three more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 452 : Health Ministry
-09 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 449 : Health Ministry
– Update : 02 more people tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 118 : Health Ministry
05 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 440 : Health Ministry –
02 more people tested positive for COVID-19; Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 435 : Health Ministry –
Anyone returning to their villages after a considerable time due to curfew must inform local police and health officials of their return : DIG Ajith Rohana –
Update : Today’s COVID-19 cases: 07 from Kanthakadu Facility A 12 yr old boy from Bandaranaike Mw 04 sailors from Welisara Navy Camp 01 sailor from Moneragala hospital –
Update : Restrictions eased to operate Public & Private institutions from May 04th, despite curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam Districts : PMD –
Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam Districts extended to 05 AM on the 04th of May;Curfew for all other districts will be relaxed at 05AM on 27th April and re-imposed at 08PM the same day. –
13 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 433 : Health Ministry –
Special repatriation flight operated by SriLankan Airlines carrying 163 Sri Lankan students from Mumbai, India arrived at the BIA : Reporter –
Hambantota International Port requests importers to clear over five thousand vehicles out of the port in the next few days : HIP –
07 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 116 : Health Ministry

April24

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 415. Today’s 47 cases are : 11 from Bandaranaike Mw 30 from Welisara Navy Camp 05 sailors on leave 01 woman from Maradana : Health Ministry
-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 414 : Health Ministry
Curfew imposed at 08PM today will be in effect until 05AM on Monday the 27th of April : DIG Ajith Rohana

Another 30 people at the Sri Lanka Navy Camp in Welisara tested positive for COVID-19. In total 60 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the navy camp : Army Commander

-11 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 379 : DG Health Services
– Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 373 : Health Ministry
– 529 people from the Peliyagoda Fish Market were subject to PCR tests and all of them tested NEGATIVE for the corona virus : DG Health Services
– Movement in and out of Ampara, Damana and Uhana police areas restricted : Police Spokesperson

April23

-All sailors who went on leave in the past few days, after quarantine duty, requested immediately report back to undergo PCR tests : Army Commander
Update : Welisara Navy Camp declared as an isolated area after 30 Sri Lanka Navy personnel tested positive for COVID-19 : Army Commander

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 368 : Health Ministry

30 Sri Lanka Navy personnel at Welisara Navy Camp tested positive for COVID-19 :Army Commender

– 03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 340 : Health Ministry
– 02 more people recovered from COVID-19. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 107 : Health Ministry
– 05 COVID-19 patients detected today. 04 of them were detected from Bandaranaike Mawatha in Colombo. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in SL now at 335 : DG Health Services
– Steps taken to carry out over 1000 PCR tests daily to detect COVID-19, with the assistance of private hospitals : Health Ministry
– Applications for postal voting received until the 17th of March, must be sent to relevant offices by certifying officers,with a cover letter before 04PM on 28th April : Mahinda Deshapriya
– Second special repatriation flight of SriLankan Airlines reached Sri Lanka from India with 101 passengers.
– 04 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Sri Lanka now has 334 confirmed COVID-19 cases : Health Ministry
– While fighting Covid-19, Sri Lanka does not need a constitutional crisis. Rumours to reconvene the Parliament unilaterally are false : Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

April22

– Assistance of foreign military not required to combat COVID-19 & discussions on the matter did not take place with India : Defence Secretary
– Another person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed cases in Sri Lanka now at 323 & total recoveries at 105 : Health Ministry
-Presidential Task Force for economic revival and poverty eradication established. It will be led by President’s Special Representive Basil Rajapaksa : PMD
-Barber shops and food stalls around hospitals will remain closed until further notice : DG Health Services
-Only two passengers permitted to travel in a three-wheeler : DG Health Services
-One more person tested positive for COVID-19 & was detected while receiving treatment at Polonnaruwa Hospital. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now 322 : Ministry of Health-
Guidelines issued for vendors conducting mobile sales & delivery ; failure to comply would result in termination of curfew pass : Police Spokesperson —
11 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 321 : Health Ministry —
Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 104 : Health Ministry —
588 people who violated the curfew arrested during the past 24 hours. In total 35,321 curfew violators arrested and 9,015 vehicles seized : Police Media Division

April21

– SriLankanAirlines flight with 93 Sri Lankan students from Pakistan arrived in the island : Reporter
– Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 102 : Health Ministry
– Another person tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 310 : DG Health Services
– Covid-19 has infected more than 2.5 million people and killed 171,693 worldwide
– Retail trade at the Peliyagoda Fish Market suspended temporarily. Business restricted to wholesale trade only : Government Information Department
– 100 people have thus far recovered from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as 02 people who tested positive for COVID-19 recovered today : Health Ministry
– 05 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 309 : DG Health Services
– 1,020 people from Bandaranaike Mawatha in Colombo 12 moved in to quarantine : Chief MOH of the Colombo MC
– All taverns in the country instructed to remain closed until further notice : PMD

April20

–National Elections Commission decided to hold the General Elections on the 20th of June : NEC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya
–Global Oil prices fell more than 30 percent in Monday’s trading, Brent crude, dropped 6 per cent to $26.42.
— Prime Minister says he would never put the people in danger and would never force to re-open schools & hold the General Election
— Another person tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 304 : Health Ministry
–08 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 303 : Health Ministry
– All cases at the Hultsdorf Chief Magistrate’s Court to be taken up at the Fort Magistrate’s Court.
– Another person who tested positive for COVID-19 recovers. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 97 : Health Ministry
– Chairman of the National Elections Commission will meet with leaders of political parties at 10:30 AM tomorrow : Dr. Harsha De Silva
– Movement between Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam as well as outside those districts strictly prohibited
– Curfew for all other districts will be relaxed daily from 05AM to 08PM until the 24th of April, and curfew from 08PM on 24th April will be relaxed at 05AM on 27th April : PMD
– Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam Districts extended to 05AM on the 27th of April : PMD

24 people tested positive for COVID-19 from Colombo 12 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 295 : DG Health Services

– Postal service in areas where curfew will be relaxed to resume tomorrow(21). Distribution of mail to commence on 22nd. Overseas mail will not be accepted until further notice : Post Master General

April19

Two more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 271 : Health Ministry-
-Buses & trains will not operate in districts, where curfew will be in effect until 22nd April. Inter-Provincial bus service to resume on 22nd April : Ministry of Passenger Transport Management
-05 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 96 :Health Ministry
– 197 suspects arrested over 2019 April 21st attacks, and a second planned attack was stopped : Police Spokesperson
-Two more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 256 : Health Ministry
-05 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 91 : Health Ministry

April18

06 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 254 : Health Ministry-
– Train services from 20th April will only be for staff attached to public & private sector essential services, as declared by the government : Dept. of Railways
– 09 more COVID-19 cases recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 86 : Health Ministry
– Curfew for all districts excluding Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy, Kegalle & Ampara will be relaxed at 05AM on 20th April and will be re-imposed at 08PM.
-Curfew for all districts excluding Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy, Kegalle & Ampara will be in effect from 08PM to 05AM daily from 20th April
– 04 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 248 : Ministry of Health
– Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre will be open from tomorrow, from 06AM to 08PM : Minister Janaka Bandara
– National Elections Commission is bound to declare a separate date for elections, if it is not possible to hold electons : Prime Minister
– 5,000 SLTB buses and 400 trains will be deployed for public transport services from 20th April : Ministry of Passenger Transport Management

April17

-Two more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 244 : Health Ministry
-Grama Niladhari Officers agree to be involved in program to provide Rs. 5000/- allowance following a meeting with the Presidential Task Force
-Inland Revenue Department introduces two systems for employees who earn more than 250,000 monthly income to pay the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes for January to March before May 15.
-07 people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 77 : Health Ministry
-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 242 : Health Ministry
-Three more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 241 : Health Ministry
-CID arrested a woman for spreading false information on COVID-19 via social media. In total 17 suspects arrested for the same offence : Police Media Division
-Validity period of expired drivers licenses to be extended until the COVID-19 pandemic is contained : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera
-Public Transport to be used for essential services only, for a period of two weeks after 20th April : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera
-02 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 70 : Health Ministry
-Manning Market in Colombo to remain closed for another week : Presidential Task Force on Essential Services

April16

– Thunder showers accompanied by severe lightening to be experienced in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western, Uva and Southern provinces : DMC
– Grama Niladhari Officers across the island step away from the duty of providing the Rs. 5000/- allowance : Sri Lanka Grama Niladhari Association
– 02 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 65 : Health Ministry
– Ex-Minister Rishad Bathiudeen summoned to the CID to record a statement for further investigations on a land related matter in Mannar : Police Spokesperson
– Total of 635 houses in 05 separate divisions in the Puttlam District were damaged by gale winds last evening : District Secretary
– Nagalagam Street in Grandpass declared as an isolated area : Army Commander

April15

– 02 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 235 : Health Ministry –
Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 63 : Health Ministry –
Government decided to award the Rs. 5000/- allowance for three-wheeler drivers & drivers who transport school students : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera –
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was “not the time” to be reducing funds to the WHO or any other organisation fighting the pandemic. –
The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. surpassed 25,000 with more than 600,000 confirmed cases in the country. –
South Korea goes ahead with its general election with strict measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

April14

-15 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 233 : Health Ministry
-SriLankan Airlines to extend temporary suspension of its scheduled passenger flights till April 30, 2020; cargo services to continue.
-Suspect arrested in Puttlam by CID in connection to the April 21st attacks : Police Spokesperson
-Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 61 : Health Ministry
-Another person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 219 : DG Health Services
-Three more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 59 : Ministry of Health
-India’s lockdown has been extended until May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation
-Isolation period for Atalugama in Bandaragama over. Pannila and Cheena Koratuwa areas in Beruwala declared as isolation areas : Army Commander
-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 218 following the detection of another person who tested positive for corona virus

April13

-News 1st wishes you a New Year filled with peace, happiness, prosperity and good health. Lets Rise Up Sri Lanka!
-03 more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 217 : Health Ministry
-Former UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake arrested for obstructing the duties of Police Officers : Police Spokesperson
-Sri Lanka Navy safely brought ashore a Philippine sailor from a foreign merchant vessel suspected of having COVID-19 : SL Navy
-Special island-wide operation will be in effect from 06PM today to 06PM tomorrow to arrest curfew violators : DIG Ajith Rohana
-04 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the Punani Quarantine Facility. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 214 : DG Health Services
-Update : The group of 32 people from Ja-Ela to be moved to the Nachchikula Quarantine Facility instead of the Oluvil Facility due to health concerns : SL Navy
-Another group of 32 people from Ja-Ela moved to the Oluvil Quarantine Facility operated by Sri Lanka Navy : Navy Spokesperson
-Work from home period for both the Public and Private sectors extended to 20th April : PMD

April12

-Seven more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 210 : Health Ministry
Another person who tested positive for COVID-19 recovers. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 56 : Health Ministry
-UK PM Boris Johnson is discharged from hospital after being in intensive care with Covid-19. BBC
-27 Medical Staff from the Ragama and Welisara hospitals moved to the Mulankavil Quarantine Facility in Mannar : Sri Lanka Navy
-Western Province Governor introduces helpline ( 011 2 092 720 ) to assist those stranded in the Western Province to return to their homes in other provinces.
-52 people who had contact with the 28 people from Suduwella in Ja-Ela who were sent into quarantine, detained by the navy : Navy Spokesperson
-Universities will open for staff on 04th May, Final Year students on 11th May & 18th May for all students : UGC
-Four more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 203 : Health Ministry
-IGP orders to take necessary action to stop new year celebrations, with mass gatherings, from taking place : Police Spokesperson
-Another COVID-19 patient recovers. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 55 : Health Ministry
-14 Sri Lankans who were stranded in overseas airports airlifted to Colombo from Singapore and Oman
-Second school term will commence on the 11th of May : PMD
-Another person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 198 : Ministry of Health

April11

-Second school term will commence on the 11th of May : PMD
-Curfew for 19 districts except Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Jaffna & Kandy extended to 06AM on 16th April : PMD
-Another person tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 198 : Ministry of Health
-New bank account introduced to deposit unlimited foreign currency. 06 month deposit to receive additional 01% interest and 02% for 12 months : PMD
-12 hour water cut for Kelaniya, Wattala, Mabola, Katunayake, Biyagama & Gampaha from 04PM today : NWS&DB
-Lotus Tower will be lit in red at 07 PM today to honor medical staff & essential services battling COVID-19 and to add wishes for the Sinhala & Tamil New Year
-Attorney General issued further guidelines to Acting IGP on granting bail to remandees of other minor offences in view of COVID 19 : AG’s CO
-Chief Inspectors and lower ranks, engaged in duty to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be awarded Rs. 5000/- each : Police Spokesperson
-Mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on main roads and by-roads : Police Spokesperson
-The United States has counted more than 2,100 Covid-19 fatalities in the space of 24 hours
-Former Archbishop of Colombo, His Lordship Nicholas Marcus Fernando called to eternal rest
-07 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today; 06 of them are from Suduwella, Ja-Ela. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 197 : Army Commander

April10

Four more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka rises to 54 : Health Ministry
– MRP imposed for rice with effect from today. 01 kg prices; Keeri Samba Rs. 125/- Kakula White/Red Rs. 85/- Nadu Rs. 90/- Samba White/Red Rs. 90/- : CAA
– Medicine purchases in High Risk Districts will be done online or via telephone; Pharmacies will be open in other districts from 09AM to 02PM : PM Office
– The services of rice mill owners declared as an essential service for COVID-19 quarantine measures until further notice : PMD
– One person recovered from COVID-19 today. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 50 : Ministry of Health
– The coronavirus pandemic will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” this year, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. BBC

April09

Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 49 : Health Ministry
– Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 190; Only one COVID-19 cases detected so far today.
– All taverns in the Central and Southern Provinces sealed, temporarily : Excise Department
– People who cross district borders, violating the curfew, will be taken to Quarantine centres for a mandatory 14 day quarantine period from tomorrow : DIG Ajith Rohana
– Pharmacies across the island will remain open tomorrow,10th April, from 09AM to 05PM : DIG Ajith Rohana
– Two women died following a collision between a pick up truck and a motorcycle in Paraththakandal, Mannar : Police
– AG issues strict guidelines to Acting IGP, to be considered when moving to grant bail for those in remand for minor drugs and related offences, to reduce congestion at prisons.
– The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide a EUR 22 mn grant to support Sri Lanka’s COVID19 response.
– 23 people who were subject to self quarantine in Suduwella, Ja-Ela arrested by Naval Intelligence for violating the quarantine program : Sri Lanka Navy
– Three more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 47 : Health Ministry
– Government decides to offer additional 02% intrest for NRFC account holders when depositing foreign currency : Minister Bandula Gunawardena
– Cabinet approves to airlift 33 Sri Lankans trapped in 13 international airports : Joint Cabinet Spokesperson

April08

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 189; Total recoveries in Sri Lanka rises to 44 : Health Ministry

7th COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka reported. Victim was a 44 year old male who was treated at IDH : Health Ministry

– All new year traditions should be limited to family members only : PMD
– Curfew will be in effect until further notice for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy and Jaffna districts.Curfew for 19 districts will be relaxed at 06AM tomorrow & re-imposed at 04PM the same day. It will be relaxed again on 14th April at 06AM and re-imposed at 04PM the same day.
– Two more people tested positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed cases in Sri Lanka now at 188 : Health Ministry
– Permission granted to use official ID as curfew pass for Public & Private essential services extended to the 30th of April : Police Spokesperson
– United States reported 1,966 coronavirus fatalities in the last 24 hours, a new one-day high. Globally COVID-19 death toll is 82,000
– 1,815 people arrested and 595 vehicles seized for violating the curfew during the past 24 hours. In total, 17,717 people were arrested : Police Media Division

April07

-Curfew passes will be issued according to a new system. Based on personnel availability, passes will be issued by Police HQ, Snr. DIGs Office, SP Office and Police Station : PMD
– Three more people tested positive for COVID-19. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 183 : Health Ministry
– Dambulla Special Economic Center closed until further notice. Distribution to take place based on orders received : Pramitha Bandara Tennakooon
– 04 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 recover. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 42 : Health Ministry

– 80yo man treated at the IDH for COVID-19 passes away. The total number of deaths rises to 6.

– 1,107 people arrested & 326 vehicles seized in the past 24 hours for violating the curfew. In total 15,902 curfew violators arrested : Police
– UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street has said. BBC

April06

Sri Lankan Rupee depreciated against US dollar by Rs.5.65. Selling rate of a dollar is at Rs.199.40 against Friday’s 193.75: CBSL

April05

-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 176 ; Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 33 : Health Ministry
-16 year old male who attacked a PHI using a sharp weapon in Rambukkana arrested : Police Media Division
-Curfew for all districts excluding Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy and Jaffna will be relaxed at 06:00 AM tomorrow and re-imposed at 02PM the same day : PMD
-Working days from tomorrow to Friday (April 10) declared as a period to work from home for both public and private sectors : PMD
-1245 people who violated the curfew arrested during the 24 period which ended at 06AM today ; 336 vehicles seized : Police Media Division

April04

7 cases positive for COVID-19. Total confirmed cases in Sri Lanka now at 166 : Health Ministry -Number of people who recovered from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka now at 25 : Ministry of Health
-172 passengers who were quarantined at the Sri Lanka Air Force Quarantine Centre in Iranamadu released today (4 Apr 20)
-1493 curfew violators arrested and 360 vehicles seized in a 24 hour period which ended at 06AM today (04th April). In total 12,223 people arrested : Police Media Division
-05th COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka; victim was a 44 year old male who returned from Italy : DG Health Services

April03

-The World Bank approved a $128.6 million COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health Systems Preparedness Project for Sri Lanka to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
-Police open fire at a car which failed to stop when ordered to do so in Moratuwa. 03 people, in the car at the time, injured : Police Media Division
-The number COVID-19 cases reached one million worldwide; there are more than 51,000 reported deaths and more than 208,000 people have recovered

April02

04th COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka reported : DG Health Services

Two more people tested positive for COVID-19; total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 150 : Ministry of Health
-University student, arrested for posting false content on COVID-19 online, remanded until 09th of April : Police Spokesperson
-Government decided to prohibit or restrict importing non essential goods except for medicine and fuel : Joint Cabinet Spokesperson
-Cabinet discussed possibility to provide Rs. 5000/- monthly allowance to 04 Million people with no direct income : Joint Cabinet Spokesperson
-Two more COVID-19 cases reported. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 148 : Health Ministry
-EPF will be protected and Government will not follow ad-hoc ill-advice to tap or dilute the fund or rights of millions of employees : Min. Dinesh Gunawardena
-2000 people living down Arnold Ratnayake Mawatha in Maradana (Colombo 10) moved in to quarantine inside their homes : Colombo Chief MOH
-72 year old male died at IDH raising Sri Lanka’s death toll from COVID-19 to 03 : Health Officials

April01

72 year old male died at IDH raising Sri Lanka’s death toll from COVID-19 to 03 : Health Officials

-SriLankan Airline temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th to 21st of April 2020 & cargo services will continue to operate from its worldwide network as and when required.
-Three more COVID-19 patients recover completely; total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 21 : Health Ministry
-Validity period of Visa of foreign nationals in Sri Lanka extended to 12th May : Controller General of Immigration and Emigration
-288 people arrested for curfew violation in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy and Jaffna from 06AM to 12 noon today(01) : Police
China’s Alibaba Group donates 100,000 face masks & Chinese Govt donates medical equipment worth over Rs. 50 Million, to Sri Lanka : Health Ministry
-AG requests CJ to consider cancelling HC Court sittings fixed for the next two curfew days scheduled to consider bail-AG’s CO
– Another COVID-19 patient recovers completely. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 18 : Health Ministry
-43 relatives of the COVID-19 victim from Kochchikade moved to the Punani Quarantine Centre : Army Commander
-COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 143 : Health Ministry

March31

-COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 142 : Ministry of Health
-195 people arrested and 110 vehicles seized for violating the curfew in a special operation carried out in the Colombo City : Police Media Division
-Pensioners will be transported to banks on 02nd & 03rd April to obtain pension payments & would be dropped at their homes : Army Commander
-Pensioners will be transported to banks on 02nd & 03rd April to obtain pension payments & would be dropped at their homes : Army Commander
– Another COVID-19 patient recovers completely. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 17 : Health Ministry
-Globally more than 800,000 infected with COVID-19 ; total deaths across the world now at 38,769
-Colombo Stock Exchange will remain closed from tomorrow(01) until the curfew is lifted : CSE
– GMOA recommends for social distancing to be maintained at over 80% and suspend the process of relaxing the curfew from time to time, in order to combat COVID-19
– Two more COVID-19 cases recover completely & total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 16 : Health Ministry
– Sri Lanka’s 02nd COVID-19 cremated. An entire ward at the Negombo Hospital closed & 20 hospital staff moved in to quarantine : Hospital Director.
– 508 people arrested in 24 hours for violating the curfew; 7358 arrested in total and 1768 vehicles seized : Police Media Division

March30

-A ward of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital closed following the detection of a COVID-19 case. 15 patients & 20 staff members moved to quarantine : Hospital Director
-Globally COVID-19 death toll over 35,000 & 740,235 infected ; Total recoveries now at 156,588
-Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore closed for a period of two weeks as a person working in the 21st floor of the building tested positive for COVID-19

Health officials have confirmed Sri Lanka’s second COVID-19 death

Curfew for all districts excluding Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy and Jaffna will be in effect until 06 AM on the 01st of April : PMD
05 members of a single family including a 04 month old infant from Nattandiya tested positive for COVID-19
02 new COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases at 122 with 14 recoveries : Health Ministry
-Results of the G. C. E. O/L examination will be released before the 30th of April : Education Ministry-
-Sri Lankan Rupee depreciates further against US dollar. Selling rate of dollar is at Rs.192.50: CBSL
-132 people who arrived in Sri Lanka from overseas, leave quarantine centres after completing quarantine. – Army Commander

March29

-Food stores located in districts where curfew will be relaxed to be opened & general public requested to maintain distance from each other : Army Commander
-Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 117 : Health Ministry
-Another COVID-19 patient recovers completely. Total recoveries in Sri Lanka now at 11 : Health Ministry
-Pension payments will be done on the 02nd & 03rd of April. Those -who cannot obtain the pension on those days can do so on the 06th of April : Prime Minister’s Office
-206 people arrested from 06AM to 12 noon today(29) for violating the curfew; 6247 people arrested in total : Police Media Division
-Another COVID-19 case discharged from hospital following a complete recovery. Number of recoveries now at 10 & 117 suspected cases under medical observation : Health Ministry
-Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam, Kandy & Jaffna extended until further notice; curfew for all other districts will be lifted at 06AM tomorrow(30) & re-imposed at 02PM
-Ban on aircraft arrivals to the Bandaranaike International Airport extended to the 07th of April : Civil Aviation Authority
-Residents of one village in Puttlam moved in to a quarantine camp as a COVID-19 infected person had roamed in the area : Army Commander
-The Akurana town in Kandy subject to quarantine : Army Commander
-Total confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka now at 115 : Health Ministry

March28

-Russia is beginning what Vladimir Putin called a \\\\\\\”non-working week\\\\\\\”, to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. BBC
-Another group of more than 300 people releassd from Quarantine Centres following the completion of their quarantine period : Military Spokesperson
-Italy has reported 919 new deaths from coronavirus, the highest number of fatalities any country has reported in the space of 24 hours since the outbreak began late last year.
-The US has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 100,000 positive tests.”

March27

– UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus- Foreign Media
-General public advised to adhere to curfew which is in effect island-wide. Police & Tri-Forces instructed to strictly enforce regulations : PMD
All pharmacies excluding the state Osu Sala are to remain closed until further notice. Medicines can be delivered to customers : Police Spokesperson
Payment of VAT for February and March 2020 extended to the 30th of April : Inland Revenue Department
-Foreign Ministry confirms that a Sri Lankan in Switzerland has passed away from COVID-19.
-Another group of 503 people who completed mandatory quarantine released from quarantine camps : Army Commander
-World Bank Group & IMF request all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from Developing nations to help face COVID-19 outbreak
-Update : Total of 4018 curfew violators arrested & 533 of them were arrested during the past 24 hours; 1033 vehicles also seized : Police Spokesperson
-The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country with at least 82,404 positive tests.BBC”

March26

-All leave of Police officers cancelled until the 10th of April with immediate effect, by the IGP – Police media spokesperson
-Salary for the month of April of Public Sector employees will be paid before the 10th of April : Secretary to the Ministry of Finance
Two more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka; total confirmed cases now at 104 : Ministry of Health
-March 30th to April 03rd declared as a period to work from home, however, this period is not considered a government holiday : PMD
-04 active COVID-19 cases recover completely and leave IDH : Health Officials
-Public Sector pension will be paid from April 03rd : Secretary to the Ministry of Finance
-Curfew which was lifted at 06:00 AM today for many districts will be re-imposed at 02:00 PM until 06:00 AM on Monday(30) & re-imposed at 02:00 PM the same day : PMD
-Another batch of 223 people from Kandakadu(42), Diyathalawa(38), Punani(125) & Miyankulama(18) complete quarantine period & released from quarantine camps : Military Spokesperson
-Consumer Affairs Authority warns online sellers to refrain from selling essential items above the fixed MRP & legal action will be taken against those who fail to comply

March25

-Total number of people who recovered from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka now at 03; Total COVID-19 cases at 102 & 225 under medical observation : Health Ministry
-3700 people arrested for violating the curfew & 715 vehicles seized : DIG Ajith Rohana
-Globally 18,887 people have died of COVID-19 while 422,566 tested positive for the virus across many countries(108,388 people recovered)
– A maximum of 10 people will be allowed to attend funerals and five to attend weddings in Australia under new curbs in the fight against coronavirus. BBC

March24

– Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 102 : Health Ministry
-Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka now at 100; 229 suspected cases under medical observation : Health Ministry
-olombo, Gampaha & Kalutara classified as COVID-19 High Risk Zones; curfew for those districts will be in effect until further notice : PMD
-The Police have issued instructions to refrain from closing down stores until the last customer in the queue is able to purchase goods. Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senarate said that all police stations have been informed regarding this directive. These instructions had been issued to facilitate the public in purchasing their goods without disruptions.
Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Puttlam & 05 districts in the north lifted and will be re-imposed at 12 noon until 06:00 AM on Friday(27)

March23

– The first Sri Lankan to test positive to COVID-19 (Tour Guide) leaves hospital following a complete recovery
-President pledges USD 05 Million to the SAARC Fund set up to combat
COVID-19-Curfew for Colombo, Gampaha, Puttlam & 05 districts in the north will be lifted at 06AM tomorrow(24), re-imposed at 12 noon until 06AM on Friday(27) : PMD
Acting IGP says bank employees can use their Bank ID as a pass to engage in official matters during period of the curfew : Government Information Dept.
-Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 86 : Health Minister
-1589 people who violated the police curfew arrested; 362 vehicles including motorcycles and three-wheelers seized : Police Media Division
-The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued its relentless rise in Europe on Sunday with Italy announcing 651 dead in one day, bringing its total to 5,476.

March22

-CPC storage facilities & filling stations have sufficient stocks of fuel to meet present requirement : Government Information Department
– Update : People from the 05 districts in the northern province prohibited from leaving their respective districts : PMD
-Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 80 : Health Minister
With a total of 48 pilgrims returning in the last SriLankan Airlines dedicated flight, all Sri Lankan pilgrims who were in India have now returned to Sri Lanka : Foreign Ministry
-All passenger aircraft and cruise ships prohibited from entering the country in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 from entering Sri Lanka
-Grace period announced until the 31st of March for electricity customers to pay bills : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera
-More than 390 Sri Lankan pilgrims flown out of India will be quarantined upon arrival : Military Spokesperson
-worldwide more than 300,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 12,944 have died
-Neville Fernando Hospital to be used to treat expectant mothers suspected of having COVID-19 & ICU at Kotelawala Defence University Hospital equipped for same purpose : DG Health Service
-291 people who violated the police curfew arrested : Police

March21

– Update : Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 77 following the detection of 05 new cases today : Health Minister
-Police curfew imposed for the Colombo, Gampaha and Puttlam Districts extended to 06:00 AM on Tuesday (24th March)
– Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 76 following the detection of 04 new cases today : Health Ministry
Italy announced 627 more deaths on Friday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the country’s four-week epidemic as worldwide fatalities surged past 11,000

March20

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 72 : Health Minister -Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 70 : Health Minister
– All postal services suspended with immediate effect until further notice : Post Master General
-Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 65; total of 218 people under medical observation : Health Ministry
– Police Curfew imposed for Chilaw, Puttlam, Negombo, Wattala & Ja-Ela temporarily lifted at 09:00 AM today(20) & will be re-imposed at 12 noon until further notice : Police Media Division
Island-wide curfew will be in effect from 06:00 PM today(20) to 06:00 AM on Monday(23) : PMD

March19

-Coronavirus claims 475 lives in a single day in Italy, the highest loss of life within 24-hours in that country since the beginning of the outbreak
-18 people including 02 females arrested at a hotel in Beruwala for using narcotics and hosting a party in a hotel, despite COVID-19 warnings
– Operations at the Colombo Stock Exchange suspended for the 05th day.

March18

-Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as of this evening is at 50 : DG Health Services
-08 new COVID-19 cases reported from Sri Lanka : Health Minister
-Tour Guides requested to refrain from engaging in social activities during this month and remain at home : DG Health Services
-Private Hospitals can only conduct tests for COVID-19, only on patients who show symptoms & under strict conditions : DG Health Services
-Government instructs for temporary closure of all night clubs and betting centres
-Government decided to prohibit trips and tours in the country with effect from today : Health Minister
-Sri Lankan Rupee depreciated to Rs.187.23 against US dollar with compared to Tuesday’s 186.66-CBSL
-Police Curfew imposed for police divisions of Puttlam, Chilaw, Negombo – Kochchikade from 04:30 PM today until further notice : Police Spokesperson
-All international airports in Sri Lanka will be closed for operation of inward intentional commercial passenger flights from 04:00 AM tomorrow(19) to 25th April
-Special plane to be sent to India to bring back Sri Lankan pilgrims in New Delhi : Ministry of Buddha Sasana
-A new quarantine center which can house 136 people established at the Boossa Navy Camp
-The European Union will ban travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis-BBC.

March17

-15 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported today in Sri Lanka
-Confirmed COVID -19 cases in Sri Lanka rises to 43 : Health Minister
-Update : All passenger arrivals suspended with effect from midnight tomorrow (18) to 31st March. Departure, transit & cargo transportation will continue : CAA
-Acting Chief of Defence Staff & Army Commander, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva appointed as the Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak
-Aircraft will not be permitted to land at the BIA for a period of two weeks with effect from 03:00 PM today(17)
-Issuing of train tickets and accepting of parcels suspended : Railways Station Masters Association.
-Passengers from Bahrain, Qatar and Canada will not be permitted to enter SL from today for a period of two weeks : Civil Aviation Authority
-MOD says 170 Sri Lankans from Italy & Korea evaded quarantine and urges them to register with police immediately; legal action against those who fail to comply.
-All passengers who arrived in the country between 1st & 15th March can register by calling the nearest police station : Police HQ.
-88 train operations cancelled with effect from today to the 19th of March : Department of Railways.
-Labour Department requests private sector to comply with Special Holiday declared by the Government : Labour Commissioner General.
-Malaysia announced a two-week lockdown to slow the spread of the new coronavirus following a sharp spike in the number of cases.
-Special Unit to be set up in Polonnaruwa today on the instructions of the President, to house confirmed COVID-19 cases : Army Commander.

March16

– Validity period of all types of Visas issued to foreigners will be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March to 12th April 2020 : Government Information Dept
-President announces relief package to support people affected by COVID-19, maximum price of dhal to be Rs.65/- & maximum price of canned fish Rs. 100/-
– COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rise to 28 : Health Officials
– GMOA & BASL request the government to extend holidays.
– Government holiday will not be extended says Bandula.
– Department of Motor Traffic decided to temporary stop all Driving License services to avoid the public gatherings towards preventing further spreading of COVID-19.
– The General Public is requested to only visit the National Eye Hospital in the event of an emergency as a result of COVID-19 concerns.
– Measures have been taken to temporarily close down 11 museums in the country
– Self-quarantine mandatory for those who arrived between 1st March to 9th March.

What is Covid-19 ?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and have now been reported around the world. The virus can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV)is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted from animals to people. This disease can sometimes be deadly. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. Covid-19 has no approved treatment or vaccine as of yet.

What are the symptoms?

It is a respiratory illness. Mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, and fever. The symptoms are similar to that of other respiratory illnesses, such as common cold and influenza. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Under severe conditions, this could lead to pneumonia, SARS, and even death. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. According to the World Health Organisation, it takes 14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. But recent research suggests it can take 24 days for the symptoms to appear.

What to do ?

1) Wash your hands frequently and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. 2) Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. 3) Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. 4) Make sure you and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your crook elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. 5) Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directives of your local health authority. 6) National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

How dangerous is the coronavirus?

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) of 56,000 patients, four out of every five people have the slightest symptom. Accordingly, 80% exhibit minor symptoms. 14% show severe symptoms. 6% show dangerous symptoms. Although the percentage of people who die from the virus is as low as 1% or 2%, the numbers are uncertain. Thousands of patients are currently receiving treatment and many are dying. So the death rate can be much higher. Also, the number of people with minor symptoms is not certain and the mortality rate is likely to drop. More than 92,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus, and more than 3,000 have died. 1990- Suwasariya Ambulance Service 119 – Police Emergency Call Centre 011-2422222- Fire and Rescue / Ambulance 011-2421052 – Torists police 011-2691111 – General Hopital Colombo

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