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All liquor stores on the island have been sealed

All liquor stores Island-wide will be sealed with immediate effect until the travel restrictions are lifted, announced the Excise Department today. This decision was made as a security measure, to comply with the travel restrictions.

For Maha Sangha, Sri Lanka’s first COVID quarantine center has been established

Sri Lanka's first COVID-19 quarantine center specifically for the Maha Sangha has been established in Kandy, announced the Media Bureau of Sri Dalada Maligawa. The center was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health today.

Police leave has been canceled

The cancellation of leave of all police personnel will be further extended until June 15, said the Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. Large number of police officers were deployed in respect of COVID-19 and quarantine duties, he further said

Most people were arrested for violating quarantine laws

During the last 24-hour period the Police had arrested 1047 persons for failing to adhere to health guidelines and quarantine regulations, said Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana. He said that this was the highest number of arrests within a single day related to Quarantine Law violation. A total of 19,102 quarantine violators were arrested since the imposition of COVID-19 rules and...

2,912 COVID-19 positive cases

A total of 2,912 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Sri Lanka, stated the Epidemiology Unit. The total count of positive coronavirus cases found in Sri Lanka currently sits at 186,364.

Tarzan actor Joe Lara dies in plane crash

All seven passengers aboard a plane, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his wife, are presumed dead after it crashed in a lake near the US city of Nashville, authorities said. The small business jet crashed at around 11:00 am local time on Saturday, shortly after taking off from the Smyrna, Tennessee airport for Palm Beach, Florida, Rutherford County Fire...

A new hybrid virus variant has been discovered in Vietnam

VIETNAM: Vietnam has discovered a new COVID-19 variant which spreads quickly by air and is a combination of the B.1.617 and B.1.1.7 strains, health officials confirmed Saturday. The country is struggling to deal with fresh outbreaks across more than half of its territory, including industrial zones and big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. More than 6,800 cases...

755 people have been arrested for violating quarantine laws

755 persons were arrested yesterday for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana. The DIG stated that 18,055 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas

2,859 COVID-19 positive cases reported

A total of 2,859 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Sri Lanka, stated the Epidemiology Unit. The total count of positive coronavirus cases found in Sri Lanka currently sits at 183,452.

36 Covid deaths reported in Sri Lanka

36 more deaths reported due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 1441, stated the Department of Government Information