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Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga, and Maha Oya water levels are rising

The water level of the Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga and Maha Oya is currently rising to ‘Alert Level’ due to the prevailing rainfall, stated the Disaster Management Center. Accordingly, the people living in low-level areas of these rivers have been advised to move to safer locations due to the threat of floods.

24 more die of COVID-19

Twenty four more COVID-19 related deaths were reported yesterday taking the death toll in the country to 892, the Government Information Department said.

Today is Ramadan

Today is the day of Ramadan that Muslims celebrate with great devotion. Muslims who fast throughout the month of Ramadan celebrates Ramadan after seeing the new moon associated with the month of Shawwal.

India Covid: How the law prevents NGOs from distributing life-saving assistance

Legislation brought in by the Indian government is preventing non-profit organizations from supplying oxygen concentrators to those who desperately need them, BBC Newsnight understands. The Foreign Contributions Registration Act (FCRA) was amended at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic last year. The changes mean non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in India can't distribute any foreign contributions to other...

They’re called “red zones” – Covid hotspots in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh that have gone into lockdown. But those living inside say food – and help – is...

Somal Ratanak had spent nearly his whole pay cheque when his neighborhood in Phnom Penh was locked down on 12 April. The area was eventually designated a red zone - he was left unable to leave his house or go to work as a cashier. Mr. Somal is now unsure of where his next meal might come from. He had earlier this...

President Joe Biden has hailed a “great day for America” as US officials said vaccinated people can go mask-less in most indoor and outdoor settings

The president removed his mask in the Oval Office with Republican lawmakers as the guidance was being announced. The advice still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes and hospitals. The Biden administration has faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people. In another major step for the US in returning to pre-pandemic life, the president of...

Australia has secured 25 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine as the government seeks to boost supplies to support its delayed vaccination drive

The government said 10 million doses of the mRNA vaccine are due to arrive by the end of the year, and 15 million shots in 2022. Australia's rollout has lagged behind other nations after initial delays and caution over the AstraZeneca vaccine. The country has so far administered 2.8 million shots of a Covid vaccine. That is well short of the 50...

Impact of Covid Vaccines in India

Three weeks after he had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a science journalist in Delhi developed high fever, a sore throat and a general feeling of discomfort. On 22 April, Pallava Bagla tested positive for the coronavirus. Four days later, a chest scan showed his clear lungs turning white, a sign of infection. As the fever persisted, he was admitted...

Nurse Jeanne Dusungu is vaccinating anyone who turns up to the white Unicef tent in the grounds of North Kivu provincial hospital in Goma against Covid-19

"There are some false rumours circulating, that the vaccine is fake, that it will make us sterile. There are people who think that," she says, disbelievingly. "I tell the people to come and get vaccinated - it is protecting yourself and protecting others, your family, the entire nation." But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the second largest country in Africa...

The World Health Organization has classified the coronavirus variant first found in India last year as a “variant of global concern”

It said preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants and requires further study. The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. Three other variants from the UK, South Africa and Brazil have been given the same designation. A mutation is elevated from a "variant of interest" to a "variant of concern" (VOC)...