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* Pension payments on April 2 and 3, arrangements to pay at the door step

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister.s Office says arrangements have been Meade to pay the pensions payments to retirees on April 2 and 3. The PM.s office said it hopes to complete all payments by April 6 for those who do not receive payment in the scheduled days.
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* China donations of masks, COVID-19 test kits handed over to Sri Lanka Ministry of Health

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- First batch of China’s donations of masks, test kits and PPEs have been handed to the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi today at the Ministry premises.
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* Sri Lanka extends closure of airports for passenger flight arrivals till April 07

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka is extending the closure of international airports for arrivals of commercial passenger flights by one week to April 07 from March 31, the island’s Civil Aviation Authority said.
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* ‘Sri Lanka cannot afford to be another Italy’, says top Microbiologist

Mar 29 (Island) Identifying COVID- 19 or Coronavirus infected people as much as possible at this juncture is now the priority and thereby preventing the virus from spreading within the community at a rapid pace, says the Consultant Microbiologist and the Head of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, Dr. Kushlani Jayatilleke.
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* Essential drugs from India through G2G

Mar 29 (SO) Following India’s decision to put the country under lockdown for three weeks, Sri Lanka plans to obtain essential drugs from her big brother through a special Government to Government (G2G) supply channel, Deputy Director of the Medical Supply Division (MSD), Ministry of Health Dr A.T. Sudarshana told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
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* Over 17,000 overseas Sri Lankans register on ‘Contact Sri Lanka’

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Foreign Relations Ministry said by Saturday noon (28 March), over 17,000 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) have registered on the Ministry’s ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal launched on Thursday.
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* Sri Lanka PM stresses the need to be prepared for a future global food crisis

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the agriculture authorities to immediately implement large-scale programs to develop Sri Lanka’s agriculture to cope with a future global food crisis that could result from the coronavirus epidemic.
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* Deadline to apply for University Applications extended till April 9

Mar 28 (Times) Considering the prevailing situation in the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) decided to extend the deadline for submitting the applications for University Admission for the Academic Year 2019/2020 based on the results of the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination held in 2019, by two weeks, until April 9, UGC said.
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* Robot to assist treatment of suspected Covid patients

Mar 28 (DM) The treatment of two suspected Covid-19 patients at the Homagama Base Hospital will be carried out with the assistance of a robot, Hospital Director Dr. Janith Hettiarachchi said. The robot which had been provided by the Atlas group of companies is reportedly capable of completing daily tasks efficiently which would otherwise require the manpower of at least 100 humans.
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* Coronavirus: Four major towns in Badulla district, Horowpathana to be closed tomorrow

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Bandarawela Police Superintendent Athula de Silva has stated that although curfew will be lifted tomorrow (30) in Badulla district, steps have been taken to close four major towns of the district in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
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* Coronavirus: Two villages sealed off after COVID-19 patients found

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said the entire Akurana village in Kandy has been quarantined and over 100 persons in Kadayankulam in Puttalam have been directed to be quarantined after two COVID-19 patients were found.
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* Coronavirus: Sri Lanka terms Chennai COVID-19 ‘high-risk zone’

Mar 29 (Hindu) Sri Lanka on Saturday reported its first COVID-19 death, of a 65-year-old patient, who had diabetes and renal health complications, Health Ministry officials said. The island nation has 113 confirmed coronavirus patients so far.
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* Peradeniya dons to produce ventilators

Mar 29 (ST) To fight the corona battle, ventilators are being produced by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from the Peradeniya University’s medical and engineering faculties in collaboration with the National Institute of Fundamental Studies in Kandy.
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* Sri Lankan migrant workers expecting to return home asked to remain in respective countries

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government, among many measures taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country, has stopped all arrivals including Sri Lankan migrant workers from overseas.
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* Sri Lanka to receive $ 1.3 million from U.S. to combat COVID-19

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The United States Department of State and the USAID will provide US$ 1.3 million to Sri Lanka as emergency health and humanitarian assistance to help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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* Sri Lanka mission in Chennai ensures safety of Sri Lankan students in South India

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare, the Ministry of Foreign relations said.
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* Sajith praises security forces, health workers

Mar 28 (Island) Former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, yesterday (27), said that Sri Lanka had the power and ability to face the coronavirus crisis and the nation would be grateful to the security forces and health workers who were leading the country’s battle against the pandemic.
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* Stay at home, save lives

Mar 28 (DN) The health authorities advice everyone who does not have a compelling reason to travel to stay at home in the light of evidence that social distancing is the best way to slow down the spread of the New Coronavirus.
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