Sri Lanka cancels election rallies over new virus wave

Sri Lanka’s ruling party on Sunday (12) called off its rallies ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections and delayed the international airport’s reopening over a surge in virus cases. The South Asian country of 21 million lifted its coronavirus lockdown in late June after declaring there was no longer any community spread of the virus. But […]

Sri Lanka rangers spot possible rare baby elephant twins

A pair of baby elephants feeding from the same mother have been spotted in a Sri Lankan national park, with officials speculating the two could be a rare set of twins. The young tuskers — who rangers estimate are three to four weeks old — were spotted in the Minneriya sanctuary about 200 kilometres (125 […]

WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

MEASLES and rubella have been eradicated from Sri Lanka and the Maldives after decades of immunisation programmes, the World Health Organization said Wednesday (8). “Coming at a time when the entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this success is encouraging and demonstrates the importance of joint efforts,” WHO regional director Khetrapal Singh said […]

Sri Lanka lifts virus lockdown, says ‘no community spread’

Sri Lanka’s nationwide lockdown was lifted on Sunday (28) after a selective curfew a month ago was reimposed during a surge in coronavirus infections, the country’s president said. The island nation imposed the lockdown on March 20 and lifted it gradually over the past two months, although a nighttime curfew remained in place. It reintroduced […]

Sri Lanka holds mock election to test virus measures

SRI LANKA staged a mock election on Sunday (14) to test measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus during a parliamentary vote in August. The poll was due to be held on April 25 but was put off and then postponed indefinitely due to the epidemic, which official figures show has infected nearly […]

Sri Lanka to hold virus-delayed polls in August

SRI LANKA will hold parliamentary elections on August 5, more than three months late because of the coronavirus, the election commission said Wednesday (10) after health authorities gave their approval. Sri Lanka has been steadily lifting lockdown restrictions, although a night-time curfew remains. Schools will re-open later this month and foreign tourists will be allowed […]

Sri Lanka to reopen some tourism in August: Official

SRI LANKA  plans to reopen its tourism sector on August 1, by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a tourism official said last week. Kimali Fernando, chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, a government body, denied a report in the local Sunday Times that said the sector would re-open in mid-June. A limited […]

Sri Lanka to reimpose selective virus lockdown

SRI LANKA will reimpose selective lockdown restrictions from Sunday (31) to restrict large gatherings after recording its biggest daily surge in coronavirus infections most found in citizens repatriated last week from Kuwait. The island nation on Tuesday (26) lifted a shutdown on the capital and a neighbouring district, two weeks after easing it in other parts […]

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Facebook has apologised for its role in the deadly communal unrest that shook Sri Lanka two years ago after an investigation found that hate speech and rumours spread on the platform may have led to violence against Muslims. The riots in early 2018 erupted as anti-Muslim anger was whipped up on social media, forcing the […]

Sri Lanka reports over 600 COVID-19 cases

SRI LANKA has reported over 600 COVID-19 cases in the country. The island nation has confirmed seven deaths due to the disease so far. The ministry of health said that 12 more persons have tested positive for the virus on Wednesday (29), bringing the total cases to 611. Sri Lanka saw the highest daily surge […]

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