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Islandwide roadblocks to be increased to 900

Mar 28 (NR) Police have taken steps to install another 300 roadblocks around the Island with the aim of upholding ongoing curfew. Accordingly DIG Ajith Rohana said the existing number of 600 roadblocks in place across the country will be increased to 900. Meanwhile the Commander of Army Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said Tri-Forces personnel will also be deployed on roadblock duty from today onward. more..

Sri Lanka collecting info on students in South India amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 28 (EN) SL Deputy High Commission in Chennai announced earlier today that it is in the process of compiling details of SL students in South India and is working on ensuring their safety and welfare amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of some 600 Sri Lankan students in India, 191 in the southern states have registered with the mission, the Deputy High commission said. “SL Deputy High Commission is in touch with the students and respective institutions to ensure their welfare more..

Co-chairman appointed to Presidential Task Force on poverty alleviation

Mar 28 (AD) Major General (Retired) Sumedha Perera has been appointed the Co-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for Poverty Eradication and Livelihood Development. He is expected to administer the functions with regard to the agriculture sector. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a 12-member Task Force for Poverty Eradication and Livelihood Development in January this year. The Committee, chaired by Retired Deputy Secretary to the Treasury S.B. Divarathne, more..

Video: Another group of quarantined persons leave for homes

Mar 28 (AD) Another group of nearly 300 individuals who successfully completed the 14-day quarantine process is scheduled to leave for their homes today, says the Commander of SL Army Lt Gen Shavendra Silva. As per the medical advice, they were instructed to engage in home and self-quarantine for two more weeks, the Army Chief said further in a video statement. He added that a total of 2,871 persons are still being quarantined more..

Two more COVID-19 patients recover; Positive cases tally drops to 97

Mar 28 (AD) Two more coronavirus patients have recovered and discharged from the hospital. Accordingly, nine coronavirus patients who tested positive for the virus have made a complete recovery so far. As per the situation report issued by the Health Ministry earlier this morning, the last confirmed patient was identified on Thursday (26). A total of 106 coronavirus-infected persons was been diagnosed in Sri Lanka so far, however, with the recovery of these nine COVID-19 patients, more..

Total of 5,185 arrested for violating curfew orders

Mar 28 (AD) Another 1,167 individuals have been arrested within the last 24 hours for violating curfew orders, Police Media Division stated. Accordingly, a total number of 5,185 has been taken into custody since the curfew was re-imposed at 6.00 p.m. on Friday (20). In the meantime, over 1,000 vehicles including motorcycles and three-wheelers were also seized along with the arrestees. Police have warned of strict legal action against the people who violate a countrywide curfew. more..

Sri Lanka village in Covid-18 lockdown as zero Coronavirus cases reported for 2nd day

Mar 28 (EN) Sri Lanka has locked down a village South of the capital Colombo after a confirmed Coronavirus patient was found who had contacts with at least 26 persons, while nationwide curfews continue to combat the spread of Covid-19. Sri Lanka recorded the second day with no new infections on March 27, since Sri Lanka’s Second Wave infections started with infections from Italy. SL has so far confirmed 106 cases, more..

Medicines for clinic patients at govt hospitals to be home-delivered during curfew

Mar 28 (AD) Ministry of Health and Postal Department have jointly arranged a programme to distribute medicine for those who are getting treatment from govt hospitals and have not enough medicine for their daily use. The correct name, address, clinic number and telephone number are essential to distribute medicine to the doorstep of the patient, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. Hence, clinic patients are requested to contact the hospital they are more..

Robot to assist treatment of suspected Covid patients

Mar 28 (DM) The treatment of two suspected Covid-19 patients at the Homagama Base Hospital will be carried out with the assistance of a robot, Hospital Director Dr. Janith Hettiarachchi said. The robot which had been provided by the Atlas group of companies is reportedly capable of completing daily tasks efficiently which would otherwise require the manpower of at least 100 humans. The robot is capable of travelling from ward to ward, communicating the patient's health condition more..

'Preventing spread of COVID-19: Public complicating process'

Mar 28 (CT) Health Services Director-General, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, says that after the public had begun to converge onto the roads yesterday morning for travelling purposes, all sacrifices made by health officers, since early this month, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic here, had got complicated. He stated that, unlike never seen before, when the curfew had been imposed, many vehicles were on the road. more..

Can SL survive a Cassandra Crossing?

Mar 28 (DM) The present COVID-19 pandemic affecting SL among other countries draws parallels with the disaster thriller made in 1976 titled The Cassandra Crossing. What’s intriguing is that both the present plague and the condition that affected commuters in the train, featured in the George Pan Cosmatos directed film, deal with a condition called pneumonia. And like present efforts by world medics underscoring the need for a quarantine process, this is what helps save those not affected by more..

Addressing a national crisis

Mar 28 (Island) Given below is the Gazette notification dissolving Parliament, the dates for nominations, the date on which Elections to Parliament are to be held and the date on which the new Parliament is to be summoned. KNOW YE that by virtue of the powers vested in me by Article 70 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to be read with Sub-paragraph (c) of Paragraph (2) of Article 33 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka more..

Sri Lanka makes helicopter drops of new money despite soft-peg

Mar 28 (EN) Central Bank has made large helicopter drop style liquidity injections, despite the lack of a freely floating exchange rate regime, data shows, leading to a loss of credibility in the soft-peg with the US dollar. As credibility of the peg was weakened the central bank slapped import controls but no effort was made to withdraw liquidity. Sri Lanka had monetary stability up to Jan 2020, despite foreign selling in rupee bonds, more..

Just a glimmer of silver in the terrible black cloud blanketing our island

Mar 28 (Island) We are locked down, shut in, house bound and don’t even visit a neighbour. Good thing too as this complete isolation of families, if not persons, is the only solution to this most virulent disaster that has overpowered the entire world, to varying levels of severity. This week too Cassandra has good to say; praise to offer those who deserve praise. Her prying eye and malicious tongue have lost their vigilance and virulence. She continues to praise the powers that be who are directing more..

Editorial: Learn from America’s plight

Mar 28 (Island) The US spends trillions of dollars on space exploration, the manufacture of lethal weapons and regime change projects, in other countries, which are not within the sphere of its influence. It has the world’s biggest military budget, which amounts to about 700 billion. But it cannot provide its people with adequate healthcare facilities! The US has overtaken China and Italy with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases (about 83,000) and over 1,000 deaths. more..

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Postponement leaves the polls open?

Mar 28 (CT) The inevitable postponement of Parliamentary Elections may have left the poll issue open. The pandemic, its handling by the Govt, and the Opposition's approach to appreciating the incumbent's inherent difficulties in the matter, all could well become the talking point in street corner conversations and also TV talk shows, once coronavirus is behind the Nation. In postponing the elections, scheduled for 25 April, the Elections Commission acted on the virusthreat, more..

COVID-19: Why next 14 days are key for SL

Mar 28 (FT) In 2004 when I was heading the SL Export Development Board (EDB), just two days into my appointment, the most devastating natural disaster struck Sri Lanka – the 2004 tsunami where the country lost 40,000 people. However, Sri Lanka recovered to end the next year at $ 6 billion in export proceeds. Then in 2008, when the US property bubble burst and most economies were crashing (incidentally, I was heading the Economic Council – NCED under the Chairmanship of Dr. P.B. more..

Flattening the curve needs well-networked local interventions

Mar 28 (CT) One of the best explanations on COVID-19 I heard was by Dr. Sumedha Jayasena, a Sri Lanka bio-technologist resident in California. His explanation was scientific and covered all aspects of the virus. He explained what flattening the curve actually meant. The curve is a graph that explains the pattern of the virus spread, and has three phases – containment, expansion and declining or clearance phase. more..

Life in lockdown land: Aluth and Parana Parlimenthu

Mar 28 (FT) Our Parliament stands dissolved. The elections for a new Parliament have been put off. The President dissolved Parliament a few weeks after he set up the national task force to counter the coronavirus threat. In the lockdown mode, my access to archival information is limited. So, I am not sure if the dissolution order was before or after the WHO declared it a pandemic. I am also not sure of the legal implications of the President’s ability to reconvene the dissolved Parliament more..

Covid-19 deaths: Understanding the question of cremation or burial

Mar 28 (CT) Triple tragedy! Not being able to be close to your loved one at the time of his/her death. The death itself. Then, the undignified send off. These are the after-effects of a Covid-19 death. It is a deeply painful experience for the loved ones which no word dares to express. A feeling that will keep on upsetting you, renewing the grief each time and this will continue for quite some time after the loss. All of us are destined to die and die only once. Funerals are, therefore, unique as more..

Containing COVID-19: Two weeks in a quarantine centre

Mar 28 (Roar) For Kendrick Fernando (19) and his fellow passengers, the process took more than 14 hours. They landed at the BIA on March 15, but only arrived at the Vavuniya quarantine centre the next day. Although they were some of the first there, the camp was at capacity by the end of the next day, holding as many as 200 people, as the govt moved swiftly to round up all those returning from countries identified as more..

Covid-19 pandemic; A call for reality check

Mar 28 (CT) A virus of the Beta coronavirus 2B lineage was first discovered in December 2019, in three bronchoalveolar lavage samples of a Chinese patient who was affected by pneumonia of unknown aetiology (1), in a hospital in Wuhan the capital of the Hubei Province in China. The doctors treated the patient and not much was thought of the virus at that time. Doctors, Li Wenliang and Ai Fen realized the dangers of the new virus. They wrote about it on social media. more..

Resolving fiscal disaster

Mar 28 (CT) "We invest in global health because we know that when health improves, life improves by every measure" - Bill Gates, speaking about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Going through several international studies on a subject now titled Political Economies, one of which is by a Sri Lankan for an institute in the Netherlands, one is struck by the fact that the name fails to, in itself, spell out the full meaning of the term. However, the reason in the study was to probe all facets more..

UN condemns President’s decision to pardon Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka

Mar 27 (TM) The UNHRC in a press statement condemned Prez Rajapaksa’s decision to pardon Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka “We are troubled by reports that the convicted perpetrator of the Mirusuvil massacre, in Sri Lanka, has received a Presidential Pardon and was released from jail this week,” Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville said. Former Army sergeant Sunil Ratnayake more..

COVID-19: Ranil urges Govt to look sharp from Apr. 4 to 11

Mar 27 (DM) Former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe came up with several situations which he said govt was likely to face from Apr 4 to 11 as highlighted by some health sector officials. "They had warned that COVID-19 would peak from Apr 4 to Apr 11 and therefore it is important to have a common plan, which the public and private sector stakeholders in the health sector could follow. I urge the govt to have discussions among all stakeholders in health sector, produce or import of ventilators, masks. more..

COVID19: A highly restrictive curfew may be counterproductive

Mar 27 (EN) On the 12th of March, WHO declared the new coronavirus, COVID-19 to be a pandemic. With cases in Sri Lanka reaching over a 100, govt of SL has taken several measures to prevent the spread of this disease. One such measure was enforcing an island-wide curfew. The risks posed by COVID-19 to the health and safety of our population is considerable, and measures to prevent the congregation of people and the spread of the disease are commendable. more..

Infected man had associated with more than 50 people: Minister

Mar 27 (DM) Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi expressed her utmost disappointment and anger when the Police and Health authorities detected a 67-year-old COVID 19 infected individual who had dodged quarantine for more than a week and suspected of having infected over 50 other Sri Lankans in the last few days. The patient from the East has come back to SL after a two week stay in India on March 18 and more..

Video: Fourth batch of quarantined persons return home

Mar 27 (AD) Fourth group of 163 individuals who successfully completed the quarantine process has left for their homes today. This group was quarantined for a period of 14 days at the facility set up at Batticaloa Campus. They had returned to the island from Italy, South Korea and several other countries. They are residents of Colombo, Katuneriya, Chilaw and Matara areas. So far, 3 batches comprising more than 700 individuals were sent home upon successful completion of more..

Suwaseriya paramedic ambulances in coronavirus frontline

Mar 27 (EN) Suwaseriya Paramedic Ambulance Services have been in the frontlines of the anti-coronavirus battle, along with nurses doctors and minor staff of hospitals, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said. “Staff of the Suwaseriya ambulance service should receive national honour for their service of picking up patients as soon as they are informed,” she said. “They go and pick up patients whether or not they are infected with COVID-19, taking a high risk on themselves.” more..

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Govt’s request to Sri Lankans overseas wanting to return

Mar 27 (AD) Govt urges SL expatriates who wish to return to their motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of COVID–19 virus minimized. Govt has taken several effective initiatives to prevent the spread of the pathogen, PMD said. In order to stop the virus coming into the country and its spread, the Govt had completely banned overseas arrivals. Other countries in the world too have taken similar step and suspended traveling within country as well as foreign more..

Video: Govt urges public to strictly adhere to curfew orders

Mar 27 (AD) Govt insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. Curfew has been imposed with the sole purpose of to preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issues, Prez’s Media Division said. Task Force entrusted with the management of the essential food and other items distribution has taken all the necessary measures to ensure continued door to door supply of essential items for the people to purchase, it said. more..

List of outlets delivering food, other essentials during COVID-19 curfew

Mar 27 (EN) With the COVID-19 outbreak showing no signs of relenting and the govt-imposed curfew continuing indefinitely in the high-risk districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara, state and private sector have organised delivery operations for food and other essentials. The following is a list of options to choose from. Medicine and healthcare: If you need medicine delivered to your doorstep, ministry of health more..

Video: Police chief orders supermarkets, groceries and pharmacies closed

Mar 27 (AD) Acting IGP C. D. Wickramaratne has ordered police stations to ensure that all supermarkets, groceries and pharmacies, except state-run Rajya Osu Sala outlets, in the country are closed with immediate effect. The Police Media Spokesman said that although supermarkets have been permitted to deliver essential food items to the homes of consumers, there have been reports that certain supermarkets and grocery stores are open and selling goods to customers. more..

Sri Lanka exempts ships from entry fees, demurrage, shippers from warehouse rents

Mar 27 (EN) SL has exempted ships calling at ports from entry charges and demurrage during a Coronavirus curfew, while shippers have been relieved from warehousing rents and fees for container storage. Prez’s office quoted SLPA Chairman Daya Rathnayake as saying that ships have been exempted from entry fees. “Measures will be taken to grant required facilities to the business community at Port premises itself to ensure uninterrupted import and export mechanism,” more..

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