It’s been a rough four years for the wedding industry to contend with. In 2018, Sri Lanka was voted the best country in the world to visit, and the industry geared up for an influx of destination weddings.
At the height of their power, few in Sri Lanka dared to challenge the Rajapaksa family. For years the political family enjoyed the support of the masses; not only was the opposition decimated, but also had to face the wrath of the adoring masses.
Last week – after many months of schools not being considered ‘essential services’ – the Government of Sri Lanka made the decision to restart schools across our crisis-hit nation, with the promise that school vans will receive priority in the fuel queues. Subsequently, the Ministry of Education also decided that schools located in areas where students and teachers do not have transportation issues will be open five days a week as usual.
After almost two months of successfully mitigating the spread of COVID-19, a sudden unexpected surge of new cases has given way to renewed fears of community transmission in the country.
No one knew how old Lawrence was when he passed away. He died at the bus stop he took shelter at, amid rain or the unbearable noon heat. The bus stop in front of the construction site with the massive white Buddha statue next to it became his haven—where no one bothered him or asked him to leave.
Russia today registered a vaccine for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, making it the world’s first approved vaccination against the virus.
As Sri Lanka continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic that has overshadowed 2020, the recurring threat of dengue is still very prevalent. This mosquito-borne disease, which was first detected in Sri Lanka in the 1960s, continues to be a major public health issue—with high morbidity, high mortality and no approved vaccination in the country, it has and continues to be difficult to eradicate.
The widespread manhunt that began last evening (23) to locate a COVID-19 patient who had escaped from the National Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) culminated when the patient was apprehended by the Army this morning (24).
The country’s largest COVID-19 patient cluster came to an end with the last three patients from the Sri Lanka Navy being discharged from hospital yesterday (20).
Despite calls to postpone the Parliamentary elections after a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases with the discovery of a new cluster and fears of community spread of the virus, indications are that the elections will go ahead as planned on August 5.
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