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Many material, financial assistance for those affected by the Coronavirus (Wed, 01 Apr 2020)
Many material, financial assistance for those affected by the Coronavirus The low income vulnerable families have been granted a host of financial and material benefits in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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7,931 arrested for curfew violations - special operation in Colombo (Wed, 01 Apr 2020)
7,931 arrested for curfew violations - special operation in Colombo The Police City Traffic Division had conducted a special operation in the Colombo area from Colombo 01 to 15 to nab curfew violators, the Police Media Division stated.
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Another ten test positive for Coronavirus – all infected persons from Puttalam (Wed, 01 Apr 2020)
Another ten test positive for Coronavirus – all infected persons from Puttalam The health authorities stated that another ten persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
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Total number of Coronavirus cases stands at 132 (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Total number of Coronavirus cases stands at 132 Since the issuing of the daily Coronavirus update at 4.30 pm yesterday (30) another 10 persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus until 4.30 pm today (31), confirmed the Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe.
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Curfew notice (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Curfew notice Due to the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Jaffna and Kandy districts being identified as high-risk areas, the curfew currently in force will continue until further notice.In all other districts, the curfew now in force will be lifted at 6.00 am tomorrow (April 01) and will be re-imposed at 2.00 pm.
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Good response by companies, individuals to Covid-19 social security fund (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Good response by companies, individuals to Covid-19 social security fund A large number of organizations and individual donors are contributing funds to strengthen the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund.
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Hospital clinics to recommence using video technology- Ridgway Women and Children’s Hospital commences pilot programme from today (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Hospital clinics to recommence using video technology- Ridgway Women and Children’s Hospital commences pilot programme from today Hospital clinics to recommence using video technology- Ridgway Women and Children’s Hospital commences pilot programme from today
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People of this country should unite in the fight to control Covid-19 (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
People of this country should unite in the fight to control Covid-19 Considering the situation faced by the government, Sri Lanka has managed to control the spread of the Coronavirus very effectively in comparison to other countries, said Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, calling on the entire country to unitedly contribute to the government’s efforts to control this virus.
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Social media posts claiming A/L examination postponement are false – Education Ministry (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Social media posts claiming A/L examination postponement are false – Education Ministry The Education Ministry issuing a statement said that there was absolutely no truth in social media claims that the GCE A/L examination scheduled to be held in August 2020 would be postponed. The Health Ministry noted that no decision regarding the examination has been taken so far.
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Another 321 to be released from quarantine centres – Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Another 321 to be released from quarantine centres – Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva Another batch of 134 returnees after completion of the two-week-long quarantine process at the Military operated Punani and Diyathalawa quarantine centres, were sent home and currently, there are 1964 persons in quarantine at 48 centres, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva in a special statement issued at the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of the Covid-19, yesterday (20).  
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Number of coronavirus patients in Sri Lanka reaches 59 (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The number of conronavirus patients in Sri Lanka rose to 59 this evening, the Ministry of Health said. The Health Ministry said that seven more individuals were identitified today to have contracted the coronavirus in Sri Lanka. Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that three patients were identified from Ratnapura. Dr. Jasinghe added that an infant, a 64 year old from the North Colombo hospital and a 23 year…
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Additional Rs.500M set aside to combat COVID-19 (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The government says it has allocated an additional Rs.500 million to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to set aside Rs.10 billion to pay dues to medicine and medical equipment suppliers. Speaking at a media briefing at the Government Information Department today, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said with the move, the country will not experience any shortage of medicinal drugs.
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China: No new coronavirus cases in Hubei (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Chinese health authorities say no new coronavirus cases were reported in Hubei Province on Wednesday, which includes the city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the outbreak. It is the first time for new cases to fall to zero in Hubei since January when authorities began releasing the nationwide tally of infections. But health authorities said 34 new cases were confirmed across the country on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections…
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Sri Lanka urges foreign states to extend visas of visiting Sri Lankans (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has requested foreign Governments to facilitate the appropriate extension of visas for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, and facing difficulty to return to Sri Lanka on account of the travel bans that have and will become applicable as part of the control measures on COVID- 19. He noted that the Government of Sri Lanka had on Tuesday (17 March) announced a one-month extension of all types of…
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Serious shortage of blood at blood bank (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A serious shortage of blood has been reported at the national blood bank, officials told the Colombo Gazette. Director at the National Blood Transfusion Service, Sri Lanka, Dr. Lakshman Edirisinghe told the Colombo Gazette that as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, blood donation camps have been suspended. As a result, he says there is a shortfall to meet the daily requirement of blood at the blood bank. He said…
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Government declares 8-day work from home period (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The government has declared 8 -days from 20-27 March as a period to work from home. The President’s Media Division said the period applies to employees of both the public and private sector. The decision has been taken as part of measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country, it added.
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Government says no change in fuel prices (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The government says fuel prices will not be amended at any cost in the near future and will remain at a flat rate for the next one year. Cabinet Co- Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said that fuel prices will not be amended despite fluctuations in world crude oil prices. The government has however decided to impose a special tax on fuel in order to bridge the cash gap faced during the fluctuation of…
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Seized ethanol to be used to fight virus (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Department of Excise is to hand over 100, 000 litres of Ethanol seized during raids to the Ministry of Health. Secretary to the Ministry of Justice J. J. Ratnasiri said the stock of Ethanol will be handed over to the Ministry of Health to be used to combat Covid-19 in the country. The stock of Ethanol was placed at the Ampara Magistrate’s Court after being taken into court custody, he said.…
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April 25th Parliamentary Election postponed (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The National Election Commission today decided to postpone the Parliamentary Election scheduled for 25th April. National Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya announced today that the election cannot be held on schedule as a result of the situation in the country. He said that a fresh date will be announced after concidering the situation in the country. Deshapriya said that with the spread of the coronavirus the environment is not conducive to hold an…
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China grants US$ 500 million concessionary loan to Sri Lanka to fight coronavirus pandemic (Thu, 19 Mar 2020)
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –On a request made by the Sri Lankan government China has urgently provided a concessionary loan of US$ 500 million with a term of 10 years, to help Sri Lanka financially to better respond to the current COVID–19 pandemic. China Development Bank and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Finance signed the 500 million US dollar loan agreement today in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Office, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. Treasury Secretary SR Attygalle…
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