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Saturday October 23rd, 2021
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Delta Plus not detected in Sri Lanka yet: university lab

Sri Lanka so far has detected two variants of concern, the Alpha and Delta strains, spreading in the community.

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Despite drop in cases, Sri Lanka health official wants COVID-19 restrictions to continue

"We saw the same thing happened in April this year when restrictions were relaxed as case numbers dropped."

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Sri Lanka pondering COVID-19 booster shot as int'l studies question Chinese jabs

Scientists around the world have started to question the protection offered by the China manufactured vaccines: Nature

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Sri Lanka to launch pilot project to vaccinate 18, 19-year-old students

Dharmasena said, after the pilot project in Colombo, the programme will continue as previously planned.

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Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation chairman steps down

"I have a health issue. It is a kind of leave [that I’m taking’," Gunasena told EconomyNext on Friday (22).

Sri Lanka to vaccinate 16-17-year-olds starting Friday (22): health offiicial

Authorities started vaccinating 18-19-year-olds in on October 15 and expanded island-wide on Thursday (21).

Sri Lanka gets 800,000 free Pfizer vaccines from US for kids

'This donation will help Sri Lanka provide safe and effective vaccines, especially to young people with health issues'

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Sri Lanka's GMOA threatens trade union action over "arbitrary" doctors' transfers

The GMOA has demanded clear definitions regarding the annual transfer list of Grade Medical Officers.

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Sri Lanka relaxes six-week COVID-19 "lockdown", but some restrictions remain

The new guidelines have been divided into two periods: October 01 to 15 and October 16 to 30.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka confident of USD 500 mn in tourism revenue through March 2022 

"What we have observed in other destinations is that the fewer the controls, the higher the arrivals."

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka to lift COVID-19 lockdown on Oct 01 subject to conditions

Critics, however, have argued that Sri Lanka’s lockdown is not as stringent as it should be.

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Sri Lanka Medical Association proposes "restrained" easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.

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Sri Lanka removes on-arrival PCR requirement for all arrivals in bid to boost tourism

Fully vaccinated tourists are free to move across the country the way they did before the pandemic.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Creeping vaccine hesitancy in Sri Lanka: authorities blame organised campaign

Meanwhile, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday revealed plans for a possible vaccine mandate for Sri Lanka.

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Health unions in Sri Lanka go on seven-hour strike as officials cry foul

"It is really sad if health workers are supporting these unions led by some parties at a time of crisis like this."

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka may consider vaccine mandate if situation demands it: health minister

As of September 27, only 48 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20-29 age group have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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Sri Lanka's Delta variant with three mutations assigned its own lineage

At the time of writing, the lineage has been identified in Turkey, India, Russia and the US.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Malaysia relaxes travel restrictions on Sri Lanka and four other countries

"Inbound travellers can enter to work in Malaysia as long as they follow all the conditions set," Berita Harian reported

Mahadiya Hamza

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Schools pose less risk of COVID-19 than restaurants, says Sri Lanka's GMOA chief

“When we open the country on October 01, most restaurants will also open. So why can’t we discuss opening schools?"

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka health authorities deny allegations of artificially lowering daily COVID-19 cases

"We cannot do that. We are in the red zone not solely because of the number of patients," Gunawardena said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka to soon reopen schools with 200 students or fewer for grades 1 to 5

“We ask academic staff to revamp the school sick rooms, and bring students back to school under health protocols.”

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Sri Lanka’s self-proclaimed spiritual healer who treated celebrities dies of COVID-19

The 48-year old healer was in charge of Rajapaksa’s health from the first term of his presidency, a source said.

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Sri Lanka health official calls for staggered lifting of COVID-19 lockdown

Sri Lanka went into lockdown on August 20, which has now been extended several times to October 01.

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Drop in COVID-19 admissions at Sri Lanka's Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital

“There is something to be happy about here,” he added.

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Sri Lanka seeks 100mn US supplementary loan from World Bank for COVID-19

The World Bank has agreed to grant the loan, a cabinet release said.

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Sri Lanka health authorities plead with young people to get vaccinated

“Get any vaccine that’s easily available to you as soon as possible,” a health official pleaded.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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