Colombo/UNI/XINHUA: Sri Lankan authorities said on Friday that a nationwide quarantine curfew which came into effect on Aug. 20 will be further extended till Sept. 13 due to a rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colombo/UNI/Xinhua: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Monday said that the country recorded its highest single day COVID-19 tally of 4,282 cases on Sunday, bringing the total infections to 390,000 since March last year.
Sri Lankan Health Ministry has warned of the possibility that Covid-19 patients of the new Lambda variant could be found in the country at any time.
The sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off capital Colombo has caused “significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem, the UN representative in Sri Lanka said.
An environmental rights group and fishermen’s activists have petitioned the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the government and the operators of the MV X-Press Pearl, over the environmental damage caused by the ship’s fire.
The World Bank has approved $80 million for Sri Lanka to aid itsvaccine deployment and distribution, reported Colombopage. Thisadditional finance builds on the $217.56 million Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Pandemic Preparedness Project which wasapproved in April 2020.
A new Covid 19 virus strain detected in Sri Lanka is spreading fast, according to an expert.
Washignton: The United States will provide funds to Sri Lanka to improve its plastic waste management system, to reduce waste flows to the ocean, reported Economynext. The funds will come through USAID.
Authorities in Sri Lanka have decided to place an order for six million doses of Russian Sputnik V, reported Colombopage. This is in addition to the earlier order the government had placed in March for five million doses of the same vaccines.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit every section of society; however, migrant workers remain even more vulnerable as they often struggle to access health care facilities abroad. About 122 Sri Lankan migrant workers died due to the Covid-19, according to a report in Economynext.
Authorities in Sri Lanka have gone on high alert after a new double-mutated variant of SARC-CoV-2 has been found in as many as 18 Indian states, reported Daily Mirror. Sri Lankan health officials have started checking foreigners and stepped up random testings on arrival in Sri Lanka.
Colombo/Xinhua: Over 100 whales, swept ashore on Sri Lanka's beaches on Monday, were rescued by Tuesday morning and pushed back to sea after a nearly 18 hour rescue mission, but four whales died, the navy said here.
Colombo/Xinhua: The number of COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka jumped to the 3,500 mark on Monday evening after over 100 new patients were reported from a new cluster in the outskirts of capital Colombo, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Colombo/Xinhua/UNI: Seven Sri Lankan nationals who recently arrived in Sri Lanka from Italy tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Sunday, raising the total number of positive cases to 18, the Health Ministry said.
Colombo, June 18 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka's first ever satellite "Raavana 1" was launched successfully into orbit on Monday evening from the International Space Station along with two other satellites from Japan and Nepal, the government information department said in a statement here Tuesday.