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Covid-19 : Clusters and Stages explained

Apr 1 (DM) In epidemiology, when a greater than expected number of cases of a disease occur in a group of people living or working in the same area, it is called a disease cluster. A disease cluster is a strangely high incidence of a particular disease or disorder in close proximity, in terms of both time and geography. With the global spread of the COVID-19 virus, there have been over 532,263 positive cases reported worldwide. more..

A holistic approach for defeating COVID-19

Apr 1 (DN) The College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL) is the apex professional body for the practice of public health in SL. The CCPSL functions as a strong and informed professional body to advocate promotion and prevention of disease of the people of SL. CCPSL is responsive to the current and emerging public health challenges and conforms to evidence based approaches and principles. The membership consists of specialists in Community Medicine. more..

Developing Mattala Airport: New pragmattic apporch needed

Apr 1 (Island) Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on 27.02.2020 has decided to grant several concessions to airlines operating through Mattala Rajapaksa Int'l Airport (MRIA), with a view to recommencing the Int'l scheduled airline flight operations at the MRIA, based on a paper submitted by the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Among the concessions granted are waving off the embarkation tax, discounts on ground handling charges, supplying fuel at discounted prices. more..

GMOA calls for immediate halt to temporary lifting of curfew

Apr 1 (FT) The GMOA has called for an immediate reversal of the decision to lift curfew temporarily, in addition to limiting travel between districts. The GMOA proposed several measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in SL and asked the Govt to take strict decisions on hotspots like the Dambulla Economic Centre and Manning Market. It also requested the Govt to review guidelines to the public on wearing a face mask. more..

Sri Lanka's Trade Policy

Apr 1 (Island) The recent article by the former Director General of Commerce Ms Sonali Wijeratne (Is there a national trade policy for SL?) published in your newspaper illustrates the major problems about the trade negotiations and policy formulation in Sri Lanka. She has apparently written this article to provide "… some clarity, truth and also understanding" to the apparent confusion created by the conflict of opinion between the Professional National Front of SL, which vehemently claim more..

Editorial: Virus and food

Apr 1 (Island) Whoever would have thought a microorganism would put the brakes on the seemingly unstoppable process of globalisation? All countries have walled themselves off and are now hermit kingdoms, just like North Korea, to all intents and purposes. They are frantically guarding their national borders to protect themselves against COVID-19. This kind of hysterical response to the threat is not without a tinge of xenophobia, which is frowned on by the civilised world. more..

Kamal Gunaratne & Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya

CJ 43 flays judiciary in her explosive memoirs

Apr 1 (Island) Actor-turned-politician, former lawmaker Ranjan Ramanayake, received an opportunity to contest the 2020 parliamentary election. UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa accommodated Ramanayake on the SJB Gampaha District list despite him facing a heap of litigation, especially those pertaining to serious charges of interfering with the judiciary. Having barred Ramanayake from leaving the country, the UNPer was granted bail by the Nugegoda MC more..

COVID-19: Malaysian Example

Apr 1 (CT) Ada Derana on Friday reported that Acting IGP has ordered Police stations to ensure that all supermarkets, groceries and pharmacies, except State-run Rajya Osu Sala outlets in the country are to be closed with immediate effect. Quoting Police Media spokesman it said that supermarkets have however been permitted to deliver essential food items to the homes of consumers. Ada Derana further said that pharmacies will be allowed to deliver medicine to homes. more..

Sri Lanka needs rapid expansion of testing

Apr 1 (DM) As we come to the end of the official quarantine period and begin to relax the lockdown within Sri Lanka but keeping the international lockdown in place, we need to look at how the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID -19 behaved in other countries. Based on actual case numbers from the countries given in the graph, Sri Lanka could expect an upsurge in the number of COVID 19 cases in the coming weeks. more..

Don’t let COVID-19 beast invade your mind

Apr 1 (DM) Like so many bad things, COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus came across as something abstract, unreal, something which can’t happen to you. Though its death rate made one think of the Medieval Plague, and three months after we heard of the first Coronavirus patient in this country, it all somehow seemed so far away last week, when the curfew was announced. When that happened, I decided to write a Coronavirus diary for my Face Book page. We were no longer working. more..

Is Sri Lanka ready for Covid-19 effect?

Apr 1 (DM) This analysis focuses not on the COVID-19, but on its effect, the author wishes to address a significant thinking gap that is emerging whilst policy makers locally and globally are battling the virus and its immediate aftereffects. COVID-19 will eventually peak at a certain point and the virus will recede yet the enormous disruption it has caused at a mega scale will not. Thus, the world is heading to a point of a total reset, what will be the shape of world trade, finances, geopolitics has become a major more..

Price Controls: Who will pay for the Canned Fish and Dhal?

Apr 1 (Roar) M. Gunasiri (50) or Guneì Aiya as he is known, dutifully weighs a kilo of dhal, bags it, and hands it over to the customer, a frail man from the neighbourhood who plucks coconuts for a living, who in turn hands over a crumpled hundred rupee note, collects his change and sets out in the direction of his home. But as Gunasiri attends to his next customer, a thought weighs heavy on his mind— he has just made a loss more..

A Presidential pardon: A dark lining on a silver cloud?

Apr 1 (FT) Sri Lanka, and the entire world, is going through a tumultuous period without any precedents to learn lessons from. COVID-19, a microorganism, has shaken the world. Not even Hiroshima or Nagasaki, the deadliest human catastrophes experienced by humans in living memory, had caused so much worldwide panic, an economic devastation and a social disorientation of the magnitude being experienced by people in 199 countries throughout the world. more..

More April Fools you

Apr 1 (FT) In a far more carefree world, today would have been full of light-hearted laughter. COVID-19 has put paid to all the pranks. Even Comedy Central has grown dull with heavy commentary on the mess world politicians are making of a global pandemic. The exceptions to the rule are few. Yesterday, when all our troubles seemed so far away, SL was ahead of a losing game. With a technocratic prez and a militarised bureaucracy in place, we seemed set to flatten SARS-COV-2 as well as rising curve. more..

Sri Lanka confirmed cases spike to 142, more hospitals readied

Mar 31 (EN) Sri Lanka’s confirmed Coronavirus cases spiked to 142, health ministry data showed, with the authorities preparing more hospitals to accommodate more patients after several clusters of patients were found. Up to 1930 hours 17 new patients were reported on March 31. Among the persons confirmed on Tuesday were three were from Kandy who were close relatives of a person in Akurana. more..

'Temporarily lifting curfew should be stopped'

Mar 31 (NR) GMOA has recommended that 80% social distancing be maintained while lifting curfew sporadically should be brought to a halt. The GMOA said due to the present situation in the country stern action must be taken in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The GMOA recommends that all citizens ensure they do not leave their homes during curfew. The GMOA also proposes a system to ensure banking services, essential food items and medicine be introduced a system that more..

Over 1,000kg of suspected Ice, cocaine seized in high-seas naval operation

Mar 31 (SLN) SL Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sayura seized a vessel carrying a large consignment of narcotics in seas about 463 nautical miles (835km) off southern coast of the island on Saturday, 28th March around 9.30 a.m. After having detected a Flag State-less vessel in international waters, it had been intercepted by the Navy and about 500kg of drugs believed to be crystal methamphetamine (Ice), around 500kg of substance believed to be cocaine were found onboard more..

Sri Lankans struggle to purchase vital drugs amid COVID-19 curfew

Mar 31 (EN) With SL’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rising to 132 today, curfew continues to be imposed on different parts of the country – indefinitely in some areas – bringing life to a virtual standstill in nearly every aspect. Though both the state and the private sector have launched delivery services, supplying essential food and grocery items to the grounded public, there have been some complaints of mismanagement & inefficiency. more..

Six officers hospitalized in prison bus accident

Mar 31 (AD) Six prison officers have been rushed to the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital after a prison bus had gotten into an accident on Nuwara Eliya-Badulla highway. A prison bus en route to the Badulla Prison had veered off the road and fallen on to a house at around 5.30 pm this evening at the Maha Wanguwa area near the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Six prison officials including three female officers sustained injuries in the accident. No prisoners had been on the bus at the time of the incident. more..

Aryurvedic drug for prevention of Covid -19 distributed

Mar 31 (DM) An Ayurvedic disinfectant used for prevention of Coronavirus and another used in the treatment of the deadly disease manufactured according to an ancient Ayurvedic formula was being distributed from today by the North Central Province Ayurvedic Department. The programme was implemented under the supervision of the Aryurvedic practitioners in the Aryurvedic hospital and medical centres on the instructions of the Commissioner of Ayurveda (NCP) Dr. Kumara Alwis. more..

Uber Eats begins same day delivery of essential supplies

Mar 31 (EN) UberEats Sri Lanka, a food delivery firm said it had partnered with a top retail chain and other businesses to deliver food, after curfews were imposed to curb the spread of Coroanvirus with the approval of the govt. “Our partnership with Cargills Food City and other businesses to deliver essential everyday items via Uber Eats will allow people to stay at home and help authorities reduce the spread of COVID 19” more..

Sri Lanka among low rated emerging sovereigns facing rollover risk: Moody’s

Mar 31 (EN) SL is among several low rated emerging countries that are facing significant rollover risk amid currency depreciation and an increase in credit spread, Moody’ a rating agency said. “Low-rated EM sovereigns with large international bond maturities over the next few quarters face significant rollover risk,” the rating agency said. “Given local-currency depreciation, a sharp increase in credit spreads, and dysfunctional primary markets for new issuances, unless more..

Sri Lanka Red Cross trying to collect 100,000 PPE kits for health ministry

Mar 31 (EN) SL’s Red Cross in partnership with the Ministry of Health is looking to collect 100,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to be donated to the IDH which is in urgent need, a statement said. The Infectious Diseases Hospital in Colombo which is the frontline hospital for treating Coronavirus patients is using about 1000 PPE kits a day, the Red Cross said. SL’s Red Cross Society has partnered with international and local corporates, local chambers and more..

Sri Lanka COVID19 cases rises to 129 as 7 more cases are reported

Mar 31 (EN) The number of confirmed cases of COVID19 in Sri Lanka rose to129 today as seven more cases were reported officials said. No details have been released about their locations or where they are now hospitalized. The total number of detected cases is 129, with seven new cases. The number under observation is 173 and 16 people have been discharged after a full recovery. The second death from more..

House in Colombo 6 disinfected and sealed

Mar 31 (DM) A house in the Colombo 06 area was sealed earlier today after two people, who had recently returned from India were taken by a team of PHI officers and police, to the isolation center or hospital, eyewitnesses said. A medical team had arrived at the house, in the early hours and had taken the couple, after which the entire house was disinfected and sealed. It is still unsure if the patients were confirmed to be infected by the coronavirus. The Police have issued a warning to more..

Japanese drug for COVID-19 arrives in SL

Mar 31 (AD) Experts in Sri Lanka are about to launch research into the Japanese drug which has been found to be useful in reducing the complications of the COVID-19 virus. Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said that this will be coordinated with the intervention of the National Drug Regulatory Commission. The stock of relevant drug which was ordered from Japan was shipped into the country yesterday (30). more..

Hakeem calls cremation of Muslim COVID19 victim reprehensible

Mar 31 (EN) SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem is condemning the fact that the remains of a Muslim man, the second person to die from COVID 19, were cremated as it is against the teachings of the Islamic faith. The former Minister in a posting today on Facebook said it is “unfortunate, regrettable and of course reprehensible that the Janaza of the Negombo Victim of the COVID 19 virus had been cremated without permitting more..

Kollupitiya HNB closed after a parent of a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

Mar 31 (DM) All operations of the Kollupitiya HNB branch have been shut down for a period of 14 days after a parent of a staff member of the particular branch has tested positive for COVID-19, the bank said. “As a precautionary measure, HNB has immediately closed the branch and has instructed the entire staff of the branch to enter into self-quarantine. Meanwhile, all operations of this particular branch have been shut down for a period of 14 days and due disinfection processes more..

Seeking accurate info during a plague

Mar 31 (DM) We have seen people behave in various ways amidst the COVID-19 situation. On one extreme are those who think this is an over-reaction, generally considering the prevailing movement restrictions a nuisance to be subverted. On the other are those in high levels of distress getting ready for impending doom. This is a situation that is constantly evolving. Undoubtedly, this creates a sense of uncertainty and confusion about what to do and not. more..

E-commerce humbugs!

Mar 31 (DM) Social media has become a busy place following the indefinite curfew period. A mushrooming number of delivery services has come forward to serve customers with relief packages at various rates. While some customers have expressed their gratitude for their quick and efficient service, many services have also received negative reviews for overcharging, delayed deliveries and some even for delivering rotten fruits and more..

COVID-19: A chance to change

Mar 31 (FT) Although with a virus as tenacious it is far too soon to bless the day, relative to many other countries, we appear to have done well in containing and even preventing the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 thus far. In terms of numbers (of the afflicted), for a densely populated island, SL’s figure of only one hundred plus two (as of 25 March), gives reason for optimism. Many Developed countries, possessed of much more resources and advanced medical facilities, are stricken badly, more..

As best we know: Where we stand

Mar 31 (FT) A disease-modelling study recently released from the Uni of Oxford makes the claim that the majority of coronavirus infections are so mild as to have already passed unrecorded by the authorities and potentially also by the people infected. This is a serious university study, much hated by the hysteria industry for whom the pandemic is a true gold-mine. The rest of us have to intelligently play agnostic and sceptic with these claims and continue to err more..

COVID - 19 පරදවමු

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

Mar 31 (PMD) The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will remain in force until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6am tomorrow (1), Wednesday and will be re-imposed at 2pm on the same day. Traveling to and from all districts is completely prohibited except for the purpose of providing essential services. Those who misuse regulations introduced with the aim of more..

Let’s cope with the restrictions to curb COVID-19

Mar 31 (DM) The curfew imposed to maintain social distancing or physical distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, the latest version of the disease caused by the coronavirus family has started to bite the entire nation, irrespective of race, religion or political party the people belong to. The economy made up of large scale corporations to that of those doing odd jobs have been hard hit. Besides, the isolation at homes and curtailment of freedom of movement is killing us slowly. more..