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Low turnout at Sri Lanka university vax centres as students show preference for Pfizer

“The vaccine that students want arrives in very limited quantifies. We can’t easily purchase it either."

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As COVID-19 restrictions come off, Sri Lanka authorities alarmed over lax public behaviour

"We can't draw a line and say okay from this day we are free of COVID," Rambukwella said.

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Sri Lanka's state universities begin vaccinating students, staff aged 20-29

Students, academic and non academic staff can go to the nearest university to their residence to get the jab, he said.

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Sri Lanka's GMOA to go on token strike on October 13 over transfer, internship delays

“We request the Minister of Health to take immediate action to resolve this issue," the GMOA said.

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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.

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."

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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Sri Lanka orders 14 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech for under-20s and booster shot

The SPC has acquired a total of 31.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka government claims “no risks” of deleted NMRA data

“There is no harm for the data related to registration certificates and licences,” Jayasumana told parliament.

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Sri Lanka vaccinates 50.4-pct of population, vaccinated Covid-19 deaths 4.4-pct

Out of total deaths of 9,806 persons, 4.4 percent had got both doses of vaccines and 15.9 percent had one

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Sri Lankan children 12-14 with congenital disorders, all kids 15-19 to get Pfizer jab

The decision was reached at a COVID-19 task force meeting chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Friday (17) morning.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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China to donate 1 mn doses of Sionvac to Sri Lanka; 4mn Sinopharm doses also due

It may not be the right choice for Sri Lanka at the moment, one expert said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka to reopen 5,000 schools, but teachers on strike refuse to budge

Teachers will not resume work until long-standing salary anomalies in their service are not resolved, said Stalin.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka hospitals still overwhelmed, says official; calls for pre-Oct 2020 infection rates

"The current rate of around 2,300 daily cases is “unbearable” and more than the overburdened health sector can handl...

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Booster shot for Sri Lankan migrant workers: health ministry decision pending

The SLFEB has submitted the request and it is up to the health ministry to see it through, an official said.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Locked down Sri Lanka to gradually re-open from Sep 21; experts apprehensive

“No matter what allegations some people may level, the lockdown has helped immensely,” the state minister said.

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Sri Lanka concerned over vaccine hesitancy among youth; fake news blamed

The anticipated percentages of people under 30 haven’t been coming forward to get jabbed. Dr Herath said.

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