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Global coronavirus death toll passes 42,000

By | April 1, 2020

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus has risen to 42,151, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. More than 858,785 declared cases have been registered in 186 countries and territories since the pandemic broke out in China in December. Of these cases, at least 178,119  are now considered recovered. The… Read More »

WHO chief thanks President for mobilizing ‘whole-of-government’ to fight COVID-19

By | April 1, 2020

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have discussed the latest developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19 during a phone conversation. The two leaders had discussed the health and economic impacts COVID-19 can have on Sri Lanka and the whole region. In a twitter message,… Read More »

2,021 have left quarantine centres so far – Army Chief

By | March 31, 2020

Army Commander says that a total of 2,021 persons, who were quarantined at the facilities maintained by the security forces, have been sent home so far. Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made this remark addressing the media briefing held at National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 today (31). According to him, 16 of the… Read More »

Japanese PM and IOC chief agree to postpone 2020 Olympics

By | March 30, 2020

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympics until 2021. The IOC has been facing mounting pressure to delay the Games, which were originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. It was also announced that… Read More »

Tokyo 2020: Olympics to be postponed until 2021

By | March 30, 2020

The 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by one year because of coronavirus, says International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound. It comes after the chairman of the British Olympic Association said Great Britain would be unlikely to send a team to Tokyo this summer. Australia and Canada have already said they will not compete in… Read More »

‘Premature’ to postpone Tokyo Olympics – IOC chief

By | March 30, 2020

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said it would be “premature” to postpone the Tokyo Games Thursday but admitted the body was “considering different scenarios” as the coronavirus pandemic advances. The IOC will act on advice from its own taskforce and the World Health Organization, Bach told the New York Times, after a week when… Read More »

Sri Lanka confirms first COVID-19 death

By | March 29, 2020

First COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka has been reported from the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) earlier this evening (28). Reportedly, the deceased 60-year-old male is a resident of the Marawila area. The patient had suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Further, he had undergone a… Read More »