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The Kandy Esala Perahera Committee has decided to hold the Esala Perahera this year without public participation

SSP Kandy Division said steps had already been taken to provide adequate protection to the Perahera The Kandy Esala Perahera Committee has decided to hold the Esala Perahera this year without public participation due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa Praeep Nilanga Dela said. He said the decision was taken on the advice...

Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines was brought to the country this morning

A consignment of 15,000 vials of second dose of the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines was brought to the country this morning,State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) General Manager Dinusha Dassanayake said. He said the consignment of vaccines landed at 12.30 am at the airport and was freighted by an Emirates Airways aircraft.

The new health guidelines was issued by the Director General of Health Services last night

Inter-provincial border restrictions were re-imposed by the government yesterday as a measure to control the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus. The government lifted travel restrictions between provinces which had been in operation for nearly two months from August 2. But in view of the rapid growth of COVID-19 distribution, the health sector had requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to re-impose travel restrictions. Accordingly,...

2,953 positive cases by this morning

The National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 had identified 2,953 positive cases by this morning.

The attention of the Cabinet of Ministers focused on the Milk powder shortage that currently prevails in the Market

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to vest the powers to the Finance Minister to study the matter and take necessary action to ensure that sufficient stocks of milk powder are supplied to the local market by revising the existing tax rates or taking other appropriate measures to import milk powder without increasing the price of milk powder in...

2,644 Covid patients recovered today

2,644 more individuals recovered from COVID-19 bringing the total recoveries in the country to 298,162, the Epidemiology Unit confirmed

The inter province travel restriction will be strictly monitored from today

The inter province travel restriction will be strictly monitored from today and no one will be allowed to cross provinces other than essential and health workers, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva told a short while ago. He said following discussions, it had also been decided to limit the number of attendees to a wedding to 50 guests, from the 150...

Today’s Weather

Showers will occur at times in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts, stated the Meteorology Department. Showers will occur at several places in North-western province and in Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Uva province and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts during the evening or night. Fairly strong winds up to...

The services at post and sub-post offices have been limited

The services at post and sub-post offices have been limited to four days per week considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, Acting Post Master General H. Hewage said.Accordingly, he said post offices and sub-post offices would remain open only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.However, the EMS International Courier Service, the Speed Post Service, the Overseas Parcel...

A WHO expert said people living with HIV had an increased risk for severe disease from Covid

A WHO (World Health Organisation) expert said people living with HIV had an increased risk for severe disease from Covid as well as hospitalisation and stressed the need to prioritise vaccination of them globally. Making her remarks during WHO’S Science in 5 programme with Vismita Gupta-smith, Dr.meg Doherty, a WHO expert on the subject, said the WHO was taking it...