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Weather Alerts – Sun going directly over Sri Lanka. Evening Rains forecasts

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Sri Lanka Weather Updates
Sri Lanka Weather Updates

Sri Lanka Weather Updates via Meteorology Department.

The sun is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka from April 05th to 14th due to the apparent northward relative motion of the sun.

The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead today (07th), are Wattala, Hunupitiya, Putupagala, Ginigathhena, Rambukpotha, Medawela, Kiriwelgoda, Nevugala and Komari at about 12:12 noon.

LATEST SRI LANKA WEATHER ALERTS VIA MET

Last few weeks, Mainly dry weather prevailed over most parts of the Sri Lanka. According to the reports issued by the Sri Lanka Department of meteorology, there is a change in the weather from April 5th.

Rains / Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western, Central, Uva, Southern and North-central provinces and in Mannar and Vauniya districts after 2.00 p.m. Several spells of showers will occur in Eastern province.

Fairly heavy rainfalls above 50 mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western, Central and Uva provinces. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

LATEST SRI LANKA WEATHER ALERTS VIA MET

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:

1. Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

2. Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

3. Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

4. Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

5. Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

6. For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.

Last few weeks, The Department of Meteorology has issued an extreme heat weather advisory.

Sri Lanka WEATHER FORECAST FOR SEA AREAS AROUND THE ISLAND DURING NEXT 24 HOURS

Condition of Rain:

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Matara via Puttalam, Colombo and Galle in the evening or night and a few showers may occur in the sea areas extending from Trincomalee to Hambanthota via Batticaloa.

Winds:

Winds will be variable in direction in the sea area extending from Mannar to Galle via Colombo and winds will be North-easterly in the other sea areas around the island.Wind speed will be (20-30) kmph.

 State of Sea:

The sea area around the island can be moderately rough at times.

Sri Lanka University Registration Online Admission dates Extended Further

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University Handbook Submit deadline date extended Sri Lanka
University Handbook Submit deadline date extended Sri Lanka 2019 UGC Campus Hand book 2020 Application Form

The deadline to accept application for university admission extended two weeks after re-opening schools. Schools are planning to re-open on April 20th. The deadline to accept applications for University Admission for the Academic Year 2019/2020 will be extended until two weeks after the re-opening of schools for the 2nd term says UGC.

Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC has decided to extend university online registration and submitting campus handbook application till April 9. But due to ongoing curfew, students are unable to post their applications. “We are monitoring the situation, if curfew continuous, we will extend the deadline again” UGC Chairman told. Hence he requested students not to panic.

University Admission Handbook for the new 2019/2020 Academic year already released and deadline was earlier on March 26. Later it was extended to April 9th. The new deadline is two weeks after re-opening schools. As the coronavirus is spreading Sri Lanka, UGC and Higher Education Ministry has decided to extend the deadline time to time.

UGC further say Students can only apply through the Internet this time (Apply via Online).  UGC handbook will be cost about Rs. 500 & available UGC Approved bookshops islandwide. Carefully read the hand book and apply before April 9.

UGC Handbook PDF Download

Online Apply Link

Students can apply for universities via Online and can use “Nenasala IT Centeres” for online registration free of charge.

UGC Strongly advice students to use Online Method for applying Universities. Online method is simple, speedy, secure & accurate.

Please Read all details carefully before you fill the online & manual forms.

Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC sources say cut-off marks for entrance to university for the new academic year will release 2020 June- July. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities. 

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start before 2020 November end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2020 December to February 2021 period.

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 June to www.ugc.ac.lk

Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed through the following modes after release;

1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk

University Entrance process will be as follows. 

  1. A/L Results release
  2. University Hand Book release
  3. Buy University handbook & read it carefully
  4. Online Registration & Send print out via post to UGC
  5. Based on students’ desired course students have to apply for Aptitude tests after publishing on national newspapers. 
  6. Sit for Aptitude Tests depend on their selected courses. Then aptitude test results will released by relevant universities.
  7. Re-scrutinized / Re- correction A/Level results release. 
  8. Z score cut off marks will be release (June-July)
  9. University Registration via online
  10. Students will receive selected Course & University

University Admission

Higher education Ministry sources says that the students who qualified for the 2019/2020 University Academic year based on 2019 A/L results will be admitted before the end of 2020.

About 30,000 students will be enrolled for this academic year. Several new subject streams to be introduce this year.

Grade five scholarship exam will NOT be postponed. Exam is on August

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Grade five scholarship exam date August 9 ?
Grade Five Scholarship Examination Sri Lanka News Results

Grade five scholarship exam will not be postponed says Education Ministry. Social Media and several newspapers reported that grade 5 scholarship examination will be postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak. Answering the social media posts, Ministry says exam will NOT be delay.

Exam will be held on August 9 or another date according to the previous records after analyzing by “Lanka Education”.

Doubts had been cast over the conduct of the grade five scholarship examinations on schedule due to the current situation. Educational authorities had to seek advice from the health authorities, an Education Ministry official said.

Examinations Commissioner General Sanath Poojitha said they feared the exams would not be held as scheduled previously.

He said the Examinations Department will depend on the advice of the Health Ministry and the Task Forces, in their decision to hold or postpone exams.

Mr Poojitha also said processing the scholarship applications this year was easier due to the online application system. He said the exams might be delayed until the August holiday period.

Mr Poojitha also said the department will seek advice from health authorities with regard to spacing and desk and chair arrangements in the exam halls.

Earlier Sinhala Newspaper Silumina reported that Grade five scholarship exam would be postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

Year Students Sat Exam Centres Exam Date Results Released Dates
  2010 313,450 2744 August 22 September 22 31
  2011 321,427 2772 August 21 September 15 25
  2012 318,416 2803 August 26 September 25 30
  2013 329,725 2386 August 25 October 1 37
  2014 334,600 2870 August 17 September 28 41
2015 340,926 2907 August 23 October 7 45
2016 350,701 2959 August 21 October 4 44
2017 356,728 3014 August 20 October 5 46
2018 355,326 3050 August 5 October 5  
2019 339,369 2995 August 04 October 6  
2020 Over 300,000*  About 3000*  August 09*  October 5*   
2021

GCE O/L Exam results to release before April 30.

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Late / DELAY - GCE OL Exam results delay sri lanka

Ordinary Level examination results (2019 O/L Exam) will be released before April 30th. Results not released on the scheduled date due to coronavirus outbreak. “O/L Exam Paper marking has done and now left only computer feeding, due to curfew computer feeding will be delay” officials told.

The exact release date and time of the exam results will be announced once the curfew is lifted and normalcy has been restored.

Earlier, the results of the O/L Exam set to be released at the end of March 2020, said Commissioner General of Examinations.

Release of the results has been postponed with the difficulties of convening staff in the face of the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka.

Due to prevailing Coronavirus outbreak, curfew and public service shutdown report across Sri Lanka. Earlier it was planned to release 2020 March 28. Examination Department sources say to “Lanka Education” that release date will be announced once the situation settle. Examination Commissioner has NOT yet confirmed any results release date or time so far.

2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY
2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY

2019 O/L Exam Results Release to Sri Lanka Examination Department official website http://www.doenets.lk. Few years ago, official website was slow as huge web traffic. Use below websites http://www.exams.gov.lk or http://www.results.exams.gov.lk or check via SMS.

Official websites

http://www.doenets.lk.

http://www.exams.gov.lk

http://www.results.exams.gov.lk

Commissioner General of Examinations says evaluation process of the answer scripts of the G.C.E.(O/L Exam) Examination 2019 ended 2020 January.

2019 GCE O/L Exam commenced on December 2. Exam lasted till December 12. Exam held at 4,987 examination centers islandwide.

2020 GCE O/L exam will held on December month and relevant time table and other applications will be release future dates and can be download via examination department official website.

Stay with “Lanka Education” for latest education, schools, universities news.



2020 A/L Exam postponed to November ? NO – Education Ministry. Exam is on August.

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2020 A/L Examination not postponed
2020 A/L Examination not postponed

Sri Lanka Education Ministry says that NO decision has been taken to postpone the GCE Advanced Level Examination (GCE A/L Exam 2020). Exam will be held in August as usual. Ministry rejecting the false claims made on social media.

Sinhala weekend “Silumina” newspaper reports that 2020 A/L Exam will be postponed till November due to Coronavirus outbreak based on sources in Examination Department. There is NO official news so far about the postpone.

Earlier Sri Lanka Commissioner General of Examinations says that NO decision has been taken to postpone the GCE Advanced Level Examination (GCE A/L Exam 2020) to be held in August. He further says this, rejecting the false claims made on social media.

Hence we “Lanka Education” kindly requesting students NOT to panic over social media news. Stay till official media channel publish the news. Stay at Home – Do your studies well as usual.

Silumina newspaper further says that 2020 Grade Five Scholarship Exam will be also postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak. There is NO official news so far about the postpone. Official statement about the new dates not yet published.

Several exams schedule on March month already postponed.

Results of G. C. E. Ordinary Level examination of 2019 will not be released on the scheduled date, Department of Examinations said.

Earlier, the results of the O/L Exam set to be released at the end of March 2020, said Commissioner General of Examinations.

Release of the results has been postponed with the difficulties of convening staff in the face of the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka.

The release date of the exam results will be announced once the curfew is lifted and normalcy has been restored, the Commissioner-General added.

Accordingly, the Commissioner General of Examinations stated that the A/L examination will be held in 2020 August as scheduled and requested the public not to be deceived by false statements. Relevant dates and subject timetable will be release in future dates. Students can download the A/L timetable from examination department official website once it released.

The Examinations Department issuing a statement stated that all certificates would only be issued online due to the current Coronavirus threat. Examination Department Commissioner General B. Sanath Pujitha said that due to the Coronavirus epidemic, entry into the Examination Department has been restricted  and all one day service and regular counters have been closed until further notice.

He further stated that those who had yet not applied for the 2020 GCE A/L examination and the Year 5 Scholarship Exam for 2020, could do so online as the deadline has been extended until March 31. Any inquiries in this regard could be obtained by calling the hotline 1911.

O/L Exam Results Release before April 30

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Late / DELAY - GCE OL Exam results delay sri lanka

Results of G. C. E. Ordinary Level examination of 2019 will not be released on the scheduled date, Department of Examinations said. Results will be release before April 30.

Earlier, the results of the O/L Exam set to be released at the end of March 2020, said Commissioner General of Examinations.

Release of the results has been postponed with the difficulties of convening staff in the face of the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka.

The release date of the exam results will be announced once the curfew is lifted and normalcy has been restored, the Commissioner-General added.

Due to prevailing Coronavirus outbreak, curfew and public service shutdown report across Sri Lanka. Earlier it was planned to release 2020 March 28. Examination Department sources say to “Lanka Education” that release date will be announced once the situation settle. Examination Commissioner has NOT yet confirmed any results release date or time so far.

2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY
2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY

2019 O/L Exam Results Release to Sri Lanka Examination Department official website http://www.doenets.lk. Few years ago, official website was slow as huge web traffic. Use below websites http://www.exams.gov.lk or http://www.results.exams.gov.lk or check via SMS.

Official websites

http://www.doenets.lk.

http://www.exams.gov.lk

http://www.results.exams.gov.lk

Commissioner General of Examinations says evaluation process of the answer scripts of the G.C.E.(O/L Exam) Examination 2019 ended 2020 January.

2019 GCE O/L Exam commenced on December 2. Exam lasted till December 12. Exam held at 4,987 examination centers islandwide.

2020 GCE O/L exam will held on December month and relevant timetable and other applications will be release future dates and can be download via examination department official website.

Stay with “Lanka Education” for latest education, schools, universities news.

GCE O/L Exam Results Release Date delay

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Late / DELAY - GCE OL Exam results delay sri lanka

Much awaited 2019 GCE Ordinary Level Examination (O/L Exam Results) results will be delay due to prevailing Coronavirus outbreak, curfew and public service shutdown according to the sources. Earlier it was planned to release 2020 March 28. Examination Department sources say to “Lanka Education” that release date will be announced once the situation settle. Examination Commissioner has NOT yet confirmed any results release date or time so far.

2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY
2019 Sri Lanka OL Exam results DELAY

2019 O/L Exam Results Release to Sri Lanka Examination Department official website http://www.doenets.lk. Few years ago, official website was slow as huge web traffic. Use below websites http://www.exams.gov.lk or http://www.results.exams.gov.lk or check via SMS.

Official websites

http://www.doenets.lk.

http://www.exams.gov.lk

http://www.results.exams.gov.lk

Commissioner General of Examinations says evaluation process of the answer scripts of the G.C.E.(O/L Exam) Examination 2019 ended 2020 January.

2019 GCE O/L Exam commenced on December 2. Exam lasted till December 12. Exam held at 4,987 examination centers islandwide. 2020 O/L exam will held on December month and relevant timetable and other applications will be release future dates.

Stay with “Lanka Education” for latest education, schools, universities news.

University registration / admission date extended till Schools reopening. UGC

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University Handbook Submit deadline date extended Sri Lanka
University Handbook Submit deadline date extended Sri Lanka 2019 UGC Campus Hand book 2020 Application Form

The deadline to accept application for university admission extended two weeks after re-opening schools. Schools are planning to re-open on April 20th. The deadline to accept applications for University Admission for the Academic Year 2019/2020 will be extended until two weeks after the re-opening of schools for the 2nd term says UGC.

Earlier Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC has decided to extend university online registration and submitting campus handbook application till April 9. But due to ongoing curfew, students are unable to post their applications. “We are monitoring the situation, if curfew continuous, we will extend the deadline again” UGC Chairman told. Hence he requested students not to panic.

University Admission Handbook for the new 2019/2020 Academic year already released and deadline was earlier on March 26. Later it was extended to April 9th. The new deadline is two weeks after re-opening schools. As the coronavirus is spreading Sri Lanka, UGC and Higher Education Ministry has decided to extend the deadline time to time.

UGC further say Students can only apply through the Internet this time (Apply via Online).  UGC handbook will be cost about Rs. 500 & available UGC Approved bookshops islandwide. Carefully read the hand book and apply before April 9.

UGC Handbook PDF Download

Online Apply Link

Students can apply for universities via Online and can use “Nenasala IT Centeres” for online registration free of charge.

UGC Strongly advice students to use Online Method for applying Universities. Online method is simple, speedy, secure & accurate.

Please Read all details carefully before you fill the online & manual forms.

Sri Lanka University Grants Commission UGC sources say cut-off marks for entrance to university for the new academic year will release 2020 June- July. UGC has not yet announced the exact date.

Meanwhile Government planning to prepare a mechanism to admit students to universities within 6 months period after A/L exam results release, said Minister Bandula Gunawardene. Currently it takes about one year to admit students to local universities. 

Academic activities of Medical & Engineering faculties will start before 2020 November end. According to the reliable sources other faculties (Management, Science, Arts) will start from 2020 December to February 2021 period.

University Z Score Cut Off Marks to release 2020 June to www.ugc.ac.lk

Minimum Z-scores for selection to courses of study of universities in respect of each district and detailed information of course selection based on the GCE (A/L) Examination in 2019 can be accessed through the following modes after release;

1. Websites

www.ugc.ac.lk

www.selection.ugc.ac.lk

University Entrance process will be as follows. 

  1. A/L Results release
  2. University Hand Book release
  3. Buy University handbook & read it carefully
  4. Online Registration & Send print out via post to UGC
  5. Based on students’ desired course students have to apply for Aptitude tests after publishing on national newspapers. 
  6. Sit for Aptitude Tests depend on their selected courses. Then aptitude test results will released by relevant universities.
  7. Re-scrutinized / Re- correction A/Level results release. 
  8. Z score cut off marks will be release (June-July)
  9. University Registration via online
  10. Students will receive selected Course & University

University Admission

Higher education Ministry sources says that the students who qualified for the 2019/2020 University Academic year based on 2019 A/L results will be admitted before the end of 2020.

About 30,000 students will be enrolled for this academic year. Several new subject streams to be introduce this year.

2020 A/L Examination NOT postponed

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2020 A/L Examination not postponed
2020 A/L Examination not postponed

Sri Lanka Commissioner General of Examinations says that NO decision has been taken to postpone the GCE Advanced Level Examination (GCE A/L Exam 2020) to be held in August. He further says this, rejecting the false claims made on social media that the A/L examination has been postponed.

Accordingly, the Commissioner General of Examinations stated that the A/L examination will be held in 2020 August as scheduled and requested the public not to be deceived by false statements. Relevant dates and subject timetable will be release in future dates. Students can download the A/L timetable from examination department official website once it released.

The Examinations Department issuing a statement stated that all certificates would only be issued online due to the current Coronavirus threat. Examination Department Commissioner General B. Sanath Pujitha said that due to the Coronavirus epidemic, entry into the Examination Department has been restricted  and all one day service and regular counters have been closed until further notice.

He further stated that those who had yet not applied for the 2020 GCE A/L examination and the Year 5 Scholarship Exam for 2020, could do so online as the deadline has been extended until March 31. Any inquiries in this regard could be obtained by calling the hotline 1911.

Live – Coronavirus COVID19 Latest news and updates Sri Lanka (Updated)

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Coronavirus COVID19 Latest news updates live Sri Lanka
Coronavirus Sri Lanka latest news updates statistics data information Covid19

Coronaviruses / Covid19 is gradually spreading in Sri Lanka. On 27 January, the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus was reported in Sri Lanka, a 44-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province in China, she was admitted to the National Institute of Infection Diseases IDH. She had fully recovered and was released from hospital on 19 February.

Live Blog…Updating..

  • 6th Coronavirus death reported
  • 180 tested positive patients. 136 active (38 recovered, 6 Deaths, 1 critical)
  • 257 individuals are under observation.
  • 38 coronavirus patients recovered and discharged from hospitals so far
  • 5 coronavirus patients are critical and at ICU
  • So far over 15,000 persons arrested over violating curfew.
  • Curfew continues
  • Colombo district has most cases
  • Sri Lankan Rupee Depreciate ↘️ further !
  • Selling Price of American Dollar US$ has reached Rs. 199.40 highest USD $ exchange rate in Sri Lanka.
  • Measures have been taken to return those who stranded in Western Province and unable to get their hometowns. Contact the Office of the Senior DIG Western Province 011-2441147 for further details.
  • The deadline to accept applications for University Admission for the Academic Year 2019/2020 extended until two weeks after the re-opening of schools for the 2nd term. – UGC
  • O/L Results delay and will release before April 30
  • A/L Exam will not postponed
  • Beware – SMS spam Alert❗ You may receive a random SMS with a notice for free distribution of masks against coronavirus virus. Dont click the SMS URL/Link, if clicked will result in a malicious app that could hijack personal info.
  • Government declare another 5 days from April 6 as “Work from home” period for Public & Private Sector (Except essential services). This period is NOT considered as public holiday.
  • Police requests public to stay at homes during curfew.
  • Atalugama village in Kalutara and Akurana in Kandy declared as “No-entry – No-exit” zones – PMD

Updates via Health Promotion Bureau

World Stats (As at April 6, 2020)

😷 69,479 deaths

😷 1,274,346 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 45,893 critical

😷 264,838 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 208 countries

  • First Sri Lankan Coronavirus infected patient ( tour guide ) recovered and discharged from IDH hospital – Hiru reports
  • Government decided to deposit Rs. 20,000 training salary to newly recruited graduates – PMD
  • Islandwide curfew active till Thursday / Friday
  • 3506 individuals are now being quarantined at 45 island-wide Quarantine Centers, including 31 foreigners from 14 countries.
  • National Medicine Regulatory Authority has issued a notice to all Retail Pharmacy owners ordering them NOT to issue Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine without a valid prescription from a Specialist Medical Officer.
  • Arrangements are being made for the smooth return of foreign tourists who are in #SriLanka on tourist and other visa. Both regular flights and also charter flights may be deployed, as BIA airport remains open for outbound passenger movements
  • “If you follow the advice of the doctors and the government, I am sure we can get rid of this epidemic very quickly. I am confident that together, we have the strength to overcome this disaster,” Prime Minister
  • National Blood Bank called for blood donations from the public due to a shortage. Due to #Coronairus, community gatherings restricted. Hence please contact and make appointment before you go. Telephone – 0115 332 153 / 0115 332 154
  • Sri Lanka government considering to declare 6 days from March 20 – 27, Public & Private Sector as a period to “Work from home. Further details will be notified through main stream media- Adaderana
  • Government further says “work from home” period is NOT a Public holiday & urges Public and Private sector employees to work from home- Adaderana
  • Police curfew imposed to Ja ela and Wattala police areas from 10pm tonight
  • Selling Price of American Dollar US$ has reached Rs. 188.20 highest USD $ exchange rate in Sri Lanka history.
  • Sri Lankan people don’t appear to be taking the COVID-19 public health crisis seriously enough – Health Minister.
  • The general public have been urged to refrain from harassing foreign nationals currently in Sri Lanka – Police.
  • Sri Lanka’s General Election can’t be held on April 25th – Election Commission
  • The first Sri Lankan Coronavirus patient (Tour guide) now recovering- Ceylon Today newspaper
  • Police curfew in force within Puttalam district & Kochchikade area will be lifted at 8.00 am & will re-impose at 2.00 pm
  • Passenger arrivals from all countries stopped at Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport BIA ✈
  • Puttalam District, Western Province (Specially Colombo district) and Southern Province identified as “High Risk” areas for the coronavirus outbreak in Sri Lanka – PHI Association
  • UGC extended the university online registration and submitting campus handbook application till April 9 due to coronavirus spreading.
  • Presidential Secretariat issued extraordinary gazette, takeover the duties and functions of Department of Immigration and Emigration under the President
  • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructs to provide 1kg of Dhal for Rs.65 & a tin of canned fish for Rs.100 from midnight today. He promises more relief coming days.
  • Former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa requests government to temporarily postpone schedule General Election
  • “There will NOT be immediate nationwide lockdown but considering to implement traveling restrictions to part of Puttalam districts if things get worse coming days” Health Minister
  • “There are about 1500- 2000 persons travelled during March 1 to 15 and not admitted to quarantine centres, out of them 800 persons in Puttalam district” Army Commander
  • Army officer who was engaged in quarantine process infected with Coronavirus: Military Spokesman.
  • Government has declared a 3-day holiday till March 19 to minimize public interactions in curbing spread of Coronavirus. Please support the effort by staying home & practice social distancing.
  • The declared 3-day holidays (March 17, 18, 19) are applicable to the private sector also- Adaderana
  • GCE A/L examination will NOT be postponed.
  • Colombo Stock Exchange CSE has declared today as a market holiday. Accordingly, the market will be closed on 17th March 2020.
  • U.S. Embassy Colombo has cancelled all visa services for today ( March 17). The Embassy will remain open for American Citizen Services.
  • Government has decided to extend the holiday till March 19 declared due to the spread of the Coronavirus. (NOT for essential services)
  • Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will address the nation tonight at 8 pm
  • Those who arrived from Europe, South Korea & Iran during March 1-15, requested to call nearest Police station and register. Police requests NOT to come to the police stations.
  • Minister Wimal Weerawansa calls for an immediate two-weeks lockdown “Most probably, such decision will be taken by tomorrow morning. I have already informed my opinion to the President.
  • The government has decided not to extend the holiday declared due to the spread of the Coronavirus. (March 17 NOT a holiday)
  • SriLankan Airlines First Officer who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the Roy-Tho big match. Officials have confirmed the patient had visited Thomian tent for few hours
  • Doctors’ union GMOA requests government to extend the public holidays to cover the entire week and prevent unnecessary movements and gathering of people.
  • Tamil National Alliance TNA requests government to postpone the schedule general election
  • Twitter Hashtag #LockDownSL Trending in Sri Lanka.Social Media reacting heavily, demanding a nationwide lock-down as coronavirus infected patients count increasing.
  • Currently there are 12 Quarantine Centres (QCs) across the country. About 2000 passengers are being quarantined. SL Army considering to setup two more new centers
  • Foreign Ministry has decided to suspend all services offered by the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry until 20 March
  • All who arrived from Europe, South Korea & Iran from March 1-15 must register with Police immediately
  • Courts will be closed from March 17-20.
  • All services related to the issuance of driving license at the Werahera Branch and other district offices would be suspended until March 31
  • 2 arrested by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for spreading false information on Coronavirus via social media.
  • Several examinations called off due to COVID-19
  • 11 museums closed until further notice
  • Sri Lanka Planetarium in Colombo will be closed from tomorrow (17) until further notice
  • Examination Department restricted and all aone day service and regular counters have been closed until further notice.
  • March 16 Monday declared a Public holiday in Sri Lanka to prevent outbreak of Coronavirus – Minister of Public Administration
  • Over 1500 passengers at quarantine centers
  • All flights ✈ to Sri Lanka from UK, Norway & Belgium suspended for two weeks from tomorrow March 16
  • Jaffna Airport closed
  • General Elections will be held as planned on April 25, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said speaking at SAARC leaders’ video conference on COVID-19.
  • ACJU requests the Muslim Community to temporarily stop Jumuah & 5 times congregational prayers at Masjids & all kinds of public gatherings
  • Police investigations are going on against 23 persons involved in spreading fake news about Coronavirus over social media. Police to take strict actions against those who spreading #Fakenews.
  • UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe requests President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to summon a meeting of all heads of political parties and other relevant bodies to discuss the coronavirus situation
  • Buddha Sasana Ministry requests Sri Lankans not to involve pilgrimages, tours & trips during coming 2 weeks due to Coronavirus threat.
  • Steps will be taken to identify & quarantine those who arrived to Sri Lanka from Italy from 1 to 9 March & had not undergone a quarantine period -DG of Health
  • US Embassy Colombo has cancelled all nonimmigrant visa appointments for March 16. Applicants will be allowed to reschedule their appointments. Appointments for American citizens requesting Consular services are not affected.
  • Family member of an officer of the Foreign Ministry is diagnosed with COVID -19
  • 2 more female Coronavirus positive cases identified. One a returnee from Italy, the other a relative of an earlier patient, bringing total to 10- DG of Health
  • Dehiwala Zoo, other zoological & botanical gardens and National Parks under Wildlife Department will be closed for 2 weeks from March 15
  • All film halls / Theaters under the National Film Corporation have suspended screening films until further notice
  • Foreign Ministry decided to limit the provision of consular services in 11 #SriLanka Missions overseas. Countries include Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria.
  • Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith requests all churches to refrain from conducting Sunday & other Mass till end of March
  • All major events and public gatherings banned for two weeks in Sri Lanka due to the threat of coronavirus -Health Minister
  • 107 under observations (pending results)
  • 4 tourists from Poland suspected to be infected with Coronavirus admitted to IDH.
  • WSO2 pledges to pay daily workers and support staff while employees work remotely (work-from-home)
  • Coronavirus: Three more Sri Lankans tested positive
  • Travel ban on European passengers
  • Temporary travel ban on eight more EU countries
  • Sri Lankan female infected with Coronavirus in Italy recovered
  • England cricket tour of Sri Lanka called off due to coronavirus
  • Share market Colombo Stock Exchange CSE dropping
  • Sri Lankans restricted for leaving for foreign employment
  • Coronavirus: Road Safety World Series called off
  • All pre-schools to be closed from today
  • Don’t use COVID-19 epidemic for political gain: GMOA
  • Army requests arrivals to comply with quarantine
  • Two COVID-19 suspected patients transferred to IDH
  • Son of COVID-19 patient not infected with virus: Health Ministry
  • Don’t be misled by false rumours about COVID-19: Police
  • All Govt. schools closed till April 20: Minister
  • Private tuition classes cancelled until March 27
  • COVID19: JVP urges govt. to implement national action plan
  • Total of 1,131 passengers arrive during the last three days: Aviation Director
  • Temporary travel ban on South Korea, Italy, Iran

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Coronavirus outbreak labelled as pandemic by World Health Organization WHO. WHO named it as “Covid-19”. The Wuhan Coronavirus “Covid-19” outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, but WHO warned governments not to impose travel or trade restrictions on China.

World Stats (As at April 6, 2020)

😷 WHO declares Coronavirus as a pandemic. Earlier declare it a public health emergency

😷 WHO named it as “Covid-19”

😷 69,479 deaths

😷 1,274,346 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 45,893 critical

😷 264,838 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 208 countries

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