Coronavirus: Aussie scientists claim breakthrough
A team of scientists in Australia have said that they have successfully developed a lab-grown version of the new coronavirus, the first to be recreated outside of China, in a breakthrough that could help quicken the creation of a vaccine, Otago Daily Times said.
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Students’ protest blocks Olcott Mawatha
Heavy traffic was reported along the Olcott Mawatha in Pettah due to a protest march conducted by a group of university students, police said.
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British Airways suspends China flights over virus
British Airways on Wednesday said it had suspended all its flights to and from China owing to the deadly coronavirus.
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UAE confirms new coronavirus case
The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday its first case of the new coronavirus, in a family from Wuhan, in what is thought to be the first confirmed case in the Middle East.
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Gihan Pilapitiya case: AG meets Speaker
Attorney General Dappula de Livera met with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday (28) in accordance to the Constitutional Council discussion to discuss High Court judge Gihan Pilapitiya’s case.
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Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 132 in China; Nearly 6,000 infected
The number of people infected by the deadly Coronavirus outbreak has risen to nearly 6,000 in China, reports on Wednesday said. The virus originating from China’s Wuhan has claimed the lives of 132 people in the country, while 5,974 new cases have been confirmed.
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Summon Parliament to discuss measures to prevent spread of Coronavirus: UNP
UNP yesterday called for the summoning of Parliament to discuss about the steps that have to be taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
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Chinese workers in SL told to undergo 14-day isolation
Chinese companies, operating in Sri Lanka, are reported to have directed their employees who have recently returned from China after the Chinese New Year festivities to undergo a 14-day period of self isolation before confirming they are not carriers of the coronavirus and are free of any symptoms.
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Catholic Schools to close if Coronavirus becomes acute: Cardinal
Addressing a media conference yesterday, the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith stated that in the event the spread of the Corona Virus becomes uncontrollable all schools that are administered by the Catholic Church would remain closed.
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Pidurutalawa Forest Reserve
Attempts to hand over landmass to squatters
Forest conservationists are reported to be up in arms against moves by the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, Lands and Land Development to vest a landmass which lies within the Pidurutalagala forest reserve with the people after dividing it into plots.
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Hotels where Coronovirus victim stayed to be checked
Hotels and other places in the Galle district which were visited by the Chinese woman who was found infected with the Coronavirus will be checked, Southern Province Health Services Director Chandima Sirithunga said.
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With Sajith as party leader
Ranil should remain as adviser: Thalatha
Ranil Wickremesinghe should remain and play a role as a senior adviser even if Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa was appointed as UNP leader, MP Talatha Athukorala said today.
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BIA lacks sufficient doctors and medicines: GMOA
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said today there was a shortage of medical officers and other medical supplies and necessary equipment which were essential to combat the Coronavirus successfully at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Health Unit.
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Desist from spreading fear and panic
The Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today that people should not spread unnecessary fear among the people about the coronavirus and urged the government to take effective steps to prevent the spread of the disease by postponing public functions and closing of schools if the need arises.
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Chinese nationals advised to cancel, postpone visits to SL
The Chinese Embassy in Colombo has informed its nationals from the new Coronavirus affected areas including Hubei Province to cancel or postpone their visits to Sri Lanka, Embassy sources said.
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Hotel worker suspected with coronavirus found in Balapitiya
A 30-year-old Sri Lankan woman, who was suspected to have contracted coronavirus, has been transferred from Balapitiya Hospital to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) this afternoon, Hospital sources said.
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Debate on forensic audit report on Feb 18,19
The debate on the Forensic Audit Report regarding the issuance of Treasury Bonds by the Central Bank will be held on February 18 and 19, Parliament sources said.
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