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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 4, 2020)

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

😷 WHO named it as "Covid-19"

😷 59,172 deaths

😷 1,098,762 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 39,391 critical

😷 228,923 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 205 countries

😷 Coronavirus death toll in Italy overtakes China's

😷 Millions under lockdowns in several countries

#CoronaOutbreak - Stat via internet / CGTN

Government officials, spouses:

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Carmen Calvo
: Spain's deputy prime minister tested positive for coronavirus on March 25, the Spanish government said.

Prince Charles: the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne tested positive for the coronavirus on March 25. The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health" said a spokesoman for the Clarence House royal residence, adding that he was self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not have the virus.

Abba Kyari: The Nigerian president's influential chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said March 24. In his 70s, Kyari is an important figure in President Muhammadu Buhari's government.

Rand Paul: The Republican of Kentucky is first United States senator to test positive for coronavirus.

Prince Albert: Monaco's Prince Albert II has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the principality said in a statement on Thursday, adding there were "no concerns for his health". The titular head of the Mediterranean enclave is continuing to work from his private apartments at the royal palace, the statement said.

Michel Barnier: The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said in a tweet that he has tested positive for the virus.

Bento Albuquerque: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque has tested positive for coronavirus - the second cabinet member to be infected in the country.

Augusto Heleno: Brazil's national security advisor said on March 18 on his Twitter account that he has tested positive for coronavirus, though he did not have any symptoms. Heleno, 72, a retired army general and one of Bolsonaro's closest aides, said he is currently under quarantine at his home while waiting for a second-test confirmation.

Antonio Vieira Monteiro: The chairman of the Portuguese unit of Santander, Spain's largest bank, died from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the second victim of the disease in Portugal. Vieira Monteiro, 73, became chairman of Santander Totta in 2019 after seven years as chief executive.

Jeremy Issacharoff: Israel's ambassador to Germany has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement March 17. The Israeli diplomat at the embassy in Berlin was reported to have contracted the virus, following a meeting with a deputy from the Federal Assembly of Germany, whose name was not mentioned.

Friedrich Merz: The 64-year-old politician, who has been campaigning to lead Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at a congress planned for this year, said on Twitter on March 17 that he tested positive for coronavirus and was under self-quarantine at home.

Kozo Tashima: The head of Japan's football association tested positive for the virus on March 17. Tashima is also deputy head of Japan's Olympic Committee.

Nadine Dorries: A minister in the United Kingdom's health department was the first British politician to test positive on March 10.

Peter Dutton: The Australian home affairs minister is under quarantine in hospital after contracting the virus.

Massoumeh Ebtekar: The Iranian vice president is the country's top government official to be infected by the virus, which has also affected several senior officials in the country. Iraj Harirchi, Iran's deputy health minister, is also stricken. Iran is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: On March 12, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to the United Kingdom. Gregoire Trudeau said she planned to remain in isolation for the next two weeks, together with her husband. Her symptoms have been described as mild.

Begona Gomez: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's wife tested positive, officials in his office said late on Saturday. While Begona Gomez tested positive, the health of both she and the prime minister was fine, the officials said. Spain said it would place the entire country under lockdown as the number of diagnosed cases exceeded 6,000.

Quim Torra: The local leader of Spain’s Catalonia region said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and that he was going into self-isolation in a government building.

Pere Aragones: The Catalan deputy head of government announced on March 15 that he had also tested positive for coronavirus.

Irene Montero: The Spanish minister tested positive on March 15 and has been put under quarantine along with her partner, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias.

Franck Riester: Earlier this week, the French culture minister said he was staying at his home in Paris after contracting the virus. France has also imposed a partial lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19.

Francis Suarez: In the United States, Miami city's mayor confirmed, on March 13, that he has contracted COVID-19.

Fabio Wajngarten: The press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive after he returned from a US trip where he met, among others, US President Donald Trump, who later tested negative for the virus.

Michal Wos: Poland's environment minister has tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet on March 16 .

Oumarou Idani: Burkina Faso's minister of mines has tested positive.

Stanislas Ouaro: Burkina Faso's minister of education is confirmed to have COVID-19.

Simeon Sawadogo: Burkina Faso's interior minister has the new coronavirus.

Alpha Barry: Burkina Faso's foreign minister tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on March 20.

Celebrities:
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: The popular Hollywood couple announced on March 11 that they were infected by the coronavirus and were placed in quarantine in a Gold Coast hospital in Australia.

Luis Sepulveda: The best-selling Chilean writer, who lives in northern Spain, also said he was infected. Reports say he showed symptoms of the coronavirus in February, after he returned from a literary festival in Portugal.

Olga Kurylenko: The French actress, who starred in the Bond movie Quantum of Solance, announced on March 15 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Idris Elba: The British actor and musician said he has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 16 in a video posted on Twitter, and that although he had no symptoms so far he was isolating himself from others.

Sri Lankan Stats (As at March 30, 2020)

😷 104 suspected (Pending results)

😷 122 tested positive cases( 14 recovered , 106 active patients)

😷 2 dead

😷 About 3000 passengers now at Quarantine centers.

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  • Sri Lanka’s number of active Coronavirus patients have increased to 77 now
  • Total number of individuals in hospitals - 245 (4 foreigners)
  • Coronavirus suspects are at 15 hospitals.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

😷 On Arrival visa suspended

😷 Two persons have been admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital on the suspicion of having contracted the novel coronavirus

😷 Police to take legal action against false rumors on coronavirus

😷 Son of coronavirus patient has not contracted the virus – Dr Jasinghe

😷 All government, Private and International schools closed till April 20th

😷 All educational tours to be cancelled temporarily.

😷 All "Dhamma Schools" closed till April 20

😷 All tuition classes closed for two weeks

😷 Sri Lanka imposed a temporarily 14 days travel ban from tomorrow for the passengers arriving from Iran, Italy and South Korea - CAA

😷 Universities vice-chancellors VCs were given powers to decide to close relevant universities -Higher Education Ministry

😷 Hartal in Batticaloa objecting quarantine facility at Batticaloa campus

😷 Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was temporarily halted March 12 as S&P SL20 index dropped by 5% during the trading session

Students and other involved in educational activities returning from Covid - 19 hit countries to be subjected to 14 days Quarantine - Education Ministry

Baticaloa Campus converted in to a Quarantine center for passengers arriving from Italy, Iran and South Korea.

(2 Sri Lankans arrived from South Korea admitted to Negombo Hospital with signs of fever & coughing)

(2 Sri Lankans arrived from Italy admitted to IDH Hospital in Colombo with signs of fever & coughing & later found negative)

😷 316 medical checkups done and results negative

😷 1 positive case (Recovered & Discharged February 19)

😷 14 hospitals standby

😷 Officials ask not to panic

😷 All 33 students arrived from Wuhan are healthy and left Diyathalawa.

#CoronaVirusLK #CoronaSL #CoronaLK #CoronaVirusSriLanka

An outbreak of pneumonia of unknown reason was first reported on 31st December 2019 from Wuhan City in Hubei Province of China. On 7th Jan 2020, it was diagnosed as “Novel Corona Virus”. On 30th Jan 2020, it was renamed as “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease”. As of February 1, 2020, the Novel Coronavirus has been reported from 20 countries with over 9000 confirmed cases and 213 deaths. 82 confirmed cases outside China with no deaths. India has reported its first confirmed case from Kerala. The incubation period is reported as 2-14 days. R0 (Basic reproduction number) is estimated as 1.4 to 2.5.

Initially, the disease was reported to be spread from animal to human but now the human to human transmission has been observed. First confirmed case of Coronavirus infected person was reported from Sri Lanka on 27th January 2020. The patient was a Chinese national who came to Sri Lanka as a tourist. Still Sri Lanka has a single confirmed patient. She is admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID). As at today 16 other suspected individuals are under surveillance. Meanwhile 33 students studied in Wuhan to arrived to Sri Lanka and sent to Diyathalawa Army Camp.

12 hospitals around the country have been identified as the treatment centers for the suspected persons. (NIID, TH Ragama, DGH Gampaha, DGH Negombo, National Hospital Kandy, TH Karapitiya, TH Anuradhapura, TH Jaffna, TH Kurunegala, PGH Rathnapura, TH Batticoloa, PGH Badulla)

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?

China Wuhan Corona Virus in Sri Lanka Korona Health Alert

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 the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
Follow the guidance outlined above.
Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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