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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


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


-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


-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


-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


-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.”


– 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”


-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


-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


– 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)


– 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.


-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



– 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


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


-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.

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


-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.


-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.


– 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.




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