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Upto half of all deaths in Europe are at Care Homes : WHO

The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said up to half of coronavirus deaths across the region have been in nursing homes, calling it an “unimaginable tragedy.” In a press briefing on Thursday, WHO Europe director Dr. Hans Kluge said a “deeply concerning picture” was emerging of the impact of COVID-19 on long-term homes for the elderly, where...

China revises Wuhan’s Covid-19 death toll with a 50 percent rise

Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the global pandemic, raised its number of Covid-19 fatalities by 1,290 to 3,869 deaths, state media said Friday. The revision was due to insufficient admission and treatment capabilities at the virus's peak, according to authorities. Wuhan's revised death toll of 3,869 is the highest in China, representing a 50 percent rise from its previous count. Numbers...

World’s biggest EDM festival Tomorrowland 2020 cancelled amid Corona Virus Pandemic

After a lot of rumors and uncertainty around large scale events amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is now official that the worlds biggest EDM festival held in Europe for the past 15 years Tomorrowland 2020 will not take place at the announced dates as the Belgian government announced that no events are to take place until August 31st, 2020. In a press-conference today,...

Divisathkara Foundation Donates ECG Machines to IDH

The Divisathkara Foundation on Friday donated ECG machines to the Infectious Deceases Hospital (IDH) which is currently treating coronavirus (Covid19) patients in Sri Lanka. Chamith Wijesundera the Chairman of the foundation donated the equipment to the deputy director of the hospital Dr. Chintha Surriayarchi.

Government declares 3 day Public Holiday from today (17)

Government declares a three day public holiday from today(17) except for essential services such as water, electricity & health, District & Divisional Secretariats

All flights to Sri Lanka from the UK, Norway & Belgium have been suspended from tomorrow

All flights to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom (UK), Norway and Belgium have been suspended from tomorrow (16). The relevant travel restriction will be in effect for 2 weeks, stated the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). All airlines are strongly instructed not to board in any of their flights destined to Sri Lanka, any passenger who is either...

Levy imposed on imported fish upped to Rs. 150 per kilo

Special Commodity Levy (SCL) imposed on imported fish had been increased by Rs 150 per kilo from midnight today, the Finance Ministry said. “The Special Commodity Levy on imported fish is increased to protect the local fishermen and as a step to build up the fishing industry in the country,” the Ministry said in a media release. It said“Finance Minister Mahinda...

Alliance air to begin daily Jaffna-Chennai flights with the increasing demand

Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has announced that it will launch daily flights on Chennai-Jaffna-Chennai sectors from 27 February. Previously it operated three flights per week. Alliance Air earlier had expanded wings globally and commenced commercial flight operations from Chennai International Airport to Jaffna International Airport from 11 November 2019 after the Jaffna Airport was upgraded and opened...

China’s central bank to pump 1.2 trillion yuan ($ 173 b) into the economy to fight against Corona virus

China’s central bank said Sunday it would pump 1.2 trillion yuan ($ 173 b) into the economy as it ramps up support for a nationwide fight against a deadly virus that is expected to hit growth. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement it would launch a 1.2 trillion yuan reverse repurchase operation on Monday to maintain...

Citi Group’s Global Markets Limited buys Rs.22.6 billion stake in John Keells Holdings from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad

The Citi Group’s Global Markets Limited has bought a 22.6 billion rupee stake in John Keells Holdings Plc from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad on Thursday, market sources said. Sources said the Citi Group had bought the shares on behalf of a long-term global institutional investor. CT CLSA had brokered the transaction, a market disclosure said. The 141.9 million...