'Unable to provide goods at price controls imposed'

General Secretary of the Essential Food Commodities Importers and Traders Association - Mr. Illamanathan says that many food products that have a maximum retail price slapped on them, cannot be sold at such prices.

Many essential items such as Dhal, Tinned fish and Big onions have a MRP imposed on them.

Navy takes charge of Sri Lankan aboard cruise ship

The Sri Lankan chef who was aboard the cruise ship MSC Magnifica has been brought to the Sri Lanka Navy camp at the Colombo Harbour.

He is to be taken to the Boossa quarantine center later today (6), the navy spokesman said.

Passengers entering island to take a 20-foot tunnel at airport

Steps have been taken to completely disinfect all passengers arriving at the Katunayake airport using a 20-foot tunnel,says Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

World Bank to donate $128M to SL to combat COVID-19

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the $128.6 million Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help the country prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness.

COVID-19 cases close to a million, debt relief needed for poorest nations – WHO

The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern on Wednesday about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 205 countries and territories.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his agency, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund backed debt relief to help developing countries cope with the pandemic’s social and economic consequences.

Kalubowila Hospital ward closed off after patient tests positive for coronavirus

A ward at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, commonly known as the Kalubowila Hospital, has been closed off completely after a patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient in question is reportedly a 60-year-old from Moratuwa area.

120 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

Three more patients have tested positive for Coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 120, as of 8.00 a.m. today (30).

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health stated that 117 patients suspected of contracting the virus are currently under observation at several hospitals across the country.

No new coronavirus cases reported during last 24 hours

Sri Lanka has not reported any new positive cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours, says the Ministry of Health.

As per the situation report issued by the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry earlier yesterday, the last confirmed patient was identified on Thursday (26).

Factories under BoI to be closed indefinitely

Minister of Industrial Export and Investment Promotion - Prasanna Ranatunga has ordered that all factories under the Board of Investment (BoI) of Sri Lanka be closed until further notice.

Noting that a large number of factory workers are currently confined to their boarding places due to curfew, the minister has directed the Chairman of the BoI to immediately implement a programme to send these workers to their villages under the supervision of the army and police.

Door-to-door delivery of essential items commences in Western Province

The Department of Co-operative Development implemented the door-to-door dry rations sale program "Wait for Us, Stay at Home" in the Western Province today.

Under this program, bags containing dry rations worth Rs 500 and Rs 1000 were provided to the public for purchase.