Never underestimate Coronavirus. Though Sri Lanka relaxed police curfew totally from June 28, Government requests the public to understand the dangers of coronavirus and follow the recommended health practices.

Sri Lanka Health Officials say that although there are no new COVID-19 clusters in the society, the risk of the virus spreading within the society still remains high.

Hence, officials say that the general public is often reminded to follow the recommended health and hygiene practices including wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances by health authorities, to further prevent any form of community spread.
*Limit traveling
*Maintain physical distance
*Wear a face mask
*Wash hands regularly

Coronavirus latest updates in Sri Lanka – COVID19 news

Sri Lanka Statistics (As at September 16, 2020)

😷 About 3271 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 3016 Recovered & Discharged

😷 13 deaths

😷 257,500 PCR Tests done

😷 950 Navy personnel and their close contacts tested positive for coronavirus

😷 1252 overseas arrivals tested positive for coronavirus

😷 650 from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre & close contacts

😷 About 41,200 persons have completed the Quarantine process

😷 About 6255 persons currently undergoing quarantine at 59 Centres

World Stats (As at September 17, 2020)

😷 About 940,000 deaths

😷 About 29,725,000 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 61,000 critical

😷 About 21,540,000 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 213 countries and territories

Live Blog…Updating..

  • All coronavirus infected SL Navy personnel recovered. 906 Navy personnel discharged from hospitals.
  • Schools REOPEN on August 10
  • Sri Lanka schools to remain closed till General Election reports – Daily Mirror
  • A 12 year old child from Rajanganaya tested positive for Coronavirus raising the total in Sri Lanka to 2,688 – DG of Health
  • “There is NO idea of postponing the elections” – EC
  • Gazette notification on coronavirus health guidelines for the General Elections has been issued – Government Printer
  • 8 close contacts of Kandakadu RC staff members currently in Biyagama Village Quarantine Centre, tested positive for coronavirus. – Health officials
  • Mobitel office in Colombo 2 closed down due to COVID19 scare.
  • Another instructor of Kandakadu RC and a driver traveled with him from Gampaha, tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Private hospital in Ragama closed after staffer detected with coronavirus .
  • Two Army officers from the area who are serving at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre tested positive for Covid-19. At least 30 persons belonging to seven families in Homagama have been sent for self quarantine.
  • Jaffna University, Killinochchi campus temporarily closed as a student’s brother working in Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre tested positive for coronavirus. Student’s PCR test results pending.
  • Producing prison inmates before courts temporarily stopped – Prisons Dept
  • “There is no idea of postponing the elections.On election day a polling center would be the safest place in the country; the election can go ahead if measures are taken to prevent the spread of #Covid_19 across all areas.” – NEC Chairman

Possibility of transmission the #coronavirus to society❗
8 instructors of Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre on leave and brought back for quarantining. PCR tests indicate 6 of them positive for COVID19. (Marawila, Rajanganaya, Habaraduwa, Gampaha, Kundasale, Homagama)
Stay Safe #SriLanka !

Another instructor of Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre living in Kandy, Kundasale area, tested positive for coronavirus. 40 people placed under self-quarantine – Reports Neth.

As a country that has guaranteed free universal healthcare to all its people since 1953, through one of the highest per capita health expenditures in its region, Sri Lanka has been able to successfully contain the spread of COVID-19 through a balanced, multi-sectoral approach.

Swift preventive measures at the national level, a well-networked, multi-stakeholder contact tracing mechanism, and a robust healthcare system geared towards screening / testing and hospitalized care, have helped to ensure zero social transmission of COVID-19 in the country since 1 May 2020. With only 11 deaths, the last being on 01 June 2020, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Sri Lanka stands at 0.54%, which is significantly lower than the global fatality rate of 4.85%, while the recovery rate in Sri Lanka stands at 83.59% higher than the global recovery rate of 54.77%.

The approach adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) in containing the pandemic, which has also been commended by the World Health Organisation, has been inclusive, non-discriminatory and holistic, providing foremost importance to safeguarding the health and safety of not only its people but foreign nationals in its territory.

The steps taken by the Government to curb the spread of the virus did not at any point involve resort to emergency measures that would have required derogations from the exercise of fundamental freedoms, but were strictly limited to minimum temporary restrictions on movement in the interest of public health, in accordance with the due process of law, with the aim of protecting right across the country all sections of society during this pandemic, which too were fully lifted on 28 June 2020.

Coronaviruses / Covid19 is 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. On 10 March, the first Sri Lankan local national tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus latest updates in Sri Lanka – COVID19 news

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are an extremely common cause of colds and other upper respiratory infections. These viruses are zoonoses, which means they can infect certain animals and spread from one animal to another. A coronavirus can potentially spread to humans, particularly if certain mutations in the virus occur.

Chinese health authorities reported a group of cases of viral pneumonia to the World Health Organization (WHO) in late December 2019. Many of the ill people had contact with a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, a large city in eastern China, though it has since become clear that the virus can spread from person to person.

What are the symptoms of this coronavirus?

Corona Virus in Sri Lanka Safety Tips

The symptoms can include a cough, possibly with a fever and shortness of breath. There are some early reports of non-respiratory symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many people recover within a few days. However, some people — especially the very young, elderly, or people who have a weakened immune system — may develop a more serious infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

How is it treated?

Scientists are working hard to understand the virus, and Chinese health authorities have posted its full genome in international databases. Currently, there are no approved antivirals for this particular coronavirus, so treatment is supportive. For the sickest patients with this illness, specialized, aggressive care in an intensive care unit (ICU) can be lifesaving.

Should you worry about catching this virus?

Unless you’ve been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus — which right now, typically means a traveler from Wuhan, China who actually has the virus — you’re likely to be safe. In the US, for example, only two cases of the virus have been confirmed so far, although this is likely to change.

While we don’t yet understand the particulars of how this virus spreads, coronaviruses usually spread through droplets containing large particles that typically can only be suspended in the air for three to six feet before dissipating. By contrast, measles or varicella (chickenpox) spread through smaller droplets over much greater distances. Some coronaviruses also have been found in the stool of certain individuals.

So it’s likely that coughs or sneezes from an infected person may spread the virus. It’s too early to say whether another route of transmission, fecal-oral contact, might also spread this particular virus.

Basic infectious disease principles are key to curbing the spread of this virus. Wash your hands regularly. Cover coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands. Stay home from work or school if you have a fever. Stay away from people who have signs of a respiratory tract infection, such as runny nose, coughing, and sneezing.

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on latest developments about COVID19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, public health authority or employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID19.  If you are in need of support for your mental health during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, reach out to https://www.betterhelp.com/start/ today. 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

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