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The Department of Pensions yesterday remitted Rs. 25,000 each to people eligible but were unable to register for pensions by 1 February.

Thursday, 09 April 2020 09:52

Testing to be widened

Testing for COVID-19 will be expanded to determine if there are more COVID-19 patients in the general population, Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

The Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors Union has proposed the government take measures to open a quarantine centre in each Medical Officer of Health division in the country.

The curfew within Ratnapura and Pelmadulla police areas will not be lifted tomorrow today (9), the Police spokesman said.

The Sri Lanka government has initiated urgent and effective measures to slow the spread of the virus by testing and treating patients, contact tracing of those found positive, limiting travel, mandatory quarantine for anyone coming from countries affected by COVID-19, closing borders to prevent transmission from further travellers, cancelling large gatherings and creating awareness.

In recent weeks, there has been a rising volume of disinformation on coronavirus infection and governmental responses. Spreading through rumour, social media platforms, messaging apps and sometimes even mainstream media, these can confuse the public and hinder public health efforts to contain the pandemic. Helidarawwa is a journalistic activity to analyse and counter key disinformation stories while promoting digital literacy among Sri Lankans.

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:41

A clarion call for unity to defeat COVID-19

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday made a clarion call for unity to defeat the common enemy COVID-19 keeping aside all political, religious, ethnic or other differences.

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:35

Information for Korean Visa holders

Due to the curfew order implemented by the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea has closed services until further notice, the Embassy said yesterday.

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:29

Govt. to shut down all economic centres

The Government has decided to close all Economic Centres in the country to prevent the people from gathering into economic centres exposing them to the COVID-19, informed sources said.

The Presidential Task Force on Essential Services yesterday announced that all Ayurvedic Hospitals would be remained open despite the curfew imposed in the country. Issuing a statement, the Presidential Task Force said the government would take steps to import coriander, ginger and tree turmeric (venivel) after considering the heavy consumption of these herbs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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