The death toll from China's coronavirus epidemic rose to 1,483 on Friday but the number of new infections in hard-hit Hubei province fell after a change in case definitions caused a massive increase the previous day. The central province's health commission reported 116 more deaths and 4,823 new cases, the majority involving "clinically diagnosed" patients. The province, the epicentre of the outbreak, had 242 more deaths and over 14,800 new cases on Thursday (Feb 13). Health officials in Hubei said they started to count clinically diagnosed cases to ensure that patients get treated as early as possible instead of having to wait for laboratory tests to confirm they have the covid-19 disease. But the change raised concerns that the crisis may be more serious than Chinese authorities have reported.
February 14, 2020 00:11 UTC
A 112-year-old Japanese who has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man cited “laughter” Wednesday as the secret to his longevity. Watanabe was recognized as the oldest living man after the previous holder of the title, Masazo Nonaka, who live in Hokkaido, died Jan. 20, 2019, aged 113. Born to a family of farmers in Joetsu, Watanabe moved to Taiwan at the age of 20 and spent 18 years there. He returned to Japan after World War II and worked as a civil servant in his hometown until his retirement. Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old Japanese resident of Fukuoka Prefecture, is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person following the death in July 2018 of another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako from Kanagawa Prefecture, at 117.
February 13, 2020 10:18 UTC
Health officials in China's hard-hit central province of Hubei reported that 242 more people died from the coronavirus COVID-19 on Wednesday - the highest in a single day and more than twice the previous record high - pushing the death toll across the country to 1,355. The province's health commission also reported a huge jump in new cases, saying a further 14,840 people had been confirmed with the infection over the 24-hour period to midnight on Wednesday (16:00 GMT). As this developed, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday that the head of the Communist party in the province of Hubei has been relieved of his post. Hubei is at the centre of the outbreak, which is thought to have originated in a now-closed seafood market in the capital of Wuhan late last year. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the report said, citing the party's central committee.
The officers of Police Special Task Force acting on a tip off arrested a suspect with 1kg 15g of heroin, in Mount Lavinia police division. The 22-year-old suspect is a resident of Badowita area in Mount Lavinia. The suspect will be produced before Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today.
England threw away the opportunity to defeat South Africa in the first Twenty20 international, losing a dramatic contest by one run in East London. The tourists needed three from the final delivery of the match, but Adil Rashid could only manage a single. England were cantering to their target of 178 as Jason Roy plundered 70 from 38 balls, only for his dismissal to spark South Africa's resurgence. Even then, Eoin Morgan's 52 meant England needed just seven from the final over, yet the brilliant Lungi Ngidi had Tom Curran caught at deep mid-wicket and bowled Moeen Ali. Rashid was asked to be the hero from the only ball he faced, but an inside edge to mid-wicket meant he was run out coming back for a second run which would have forced a super over.
A total of 8018 Tri-Service absentees and deserters have reported to military bases during the general amnesty declared by the President for a period of seven days concurrent to the 72nd Independence Day commencing from February 5. The amnesty period was in effect from 5 February, came to an end yesterday. Accordingly, 13 officer ranks and 8,005 other ranks were among the returned military absentees.
The Department of Examinations has decided to use online application method from this year onwards for examinations such as the Ordinary Level, Advanced Level and the Grade Five Scholarship Examination. Through this, it would be possible to provide a more efficient and easier service to the students. The Department further said that every student will be issued with a student number from the Grade Five Scholarship Examination onwards. And accordingly the students will be able to obtain information about their exam results as well as extra-curricular activities.
February 12, 2020 06:33 UTC
The amnesty period for Tri-Forces absentees and who have been marked absent without leave ends today. A total of 6272 Tri-Service absentees and deserters had surrendered to their respective units during the general amnesty declared by the President for a period of seven days concurrent to the 72nd Independence Day commencing from February 5. This general amnesty is offered only to Tri-Forces absentees and who have been marked absent without leave (AWOL) before September 30, 2019.
February 12, 2020 05:26 UTC
Civil Defense authorities in Bolivia reported on Tuesday, that eight people died after heavy rains, floods and mudslides hit swathes of the country. Media reported that mudslides leveled at least 50 homes. In the aftermath, desperate residents scoured their destroyed homes for belongings. (Source: VOA News)
February 12, 2020 04:07 UTC
An Earthquake has occurred in the North Indian Ocean this morning but it has no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka, specifically the coastal areas of Sri Lanka are declared safe, the Meteorology Department said. The earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 on the richter scale had occurred near South-east coast of Sri lanka, North Indian Ocean around 2:43am (Sri Lankan time) today.
February 12, 2020 04:07 UTC
A grace period to hand over illegal firearms held without valid permits or documents was announced on February 5, by the Defence Ministry. The amnesty period will be effective till tomorrow. People are encouraged to use this opportunity and hand over such illegal firearms without any delay. Authorities expect to take stern action against those found to be holding or using illegal firearms once the grace period is over. Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry requests the public to provide information about those who have illegal firearms in their possession after the amnesty.
February 11, 2020 09:00 UTC
The Colombo Crimes Division last night arrested a suspect who was involved in the shooting incident of a 24-year-old that took place in Jampettah Street. The CCD had also found a handgun, two rounds of 9mm ammunition and a mobile phone from the suspect. The suspect who is identified as a resident of Hettipola area in Kurunegala,The suspect will be produced before Aluthkade Magistrate’s Court today. Further investigations are being conducted.
February 11, 2020 09:00 UTC
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, during a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday , has advised the authorities to expedite surveying of the land units. President stated that the government has identified a total of 14mn land units and during the last 20 years 10% of it has been surveyed. President added that he would facilitate the process and instructed the remaining 90% of the land units to be surveyed immediately. President further instructed the officials to provide Title Certificates following appropriate survey process. In addition, president Rajapaksa highlighted the requirement of a database with all the completed surveys which could be accessible for any individual.
February 11, 2020 07:13 UTC
The Navy, during a patrol in the seas off Thalaimannar, managed to rescue 15 sea turtles entangled in a fishing net. During a patrol conducted in the sea area of Thalaimannar the Navy which is much concern of the conservation of endangered sea turtles, had spotted several sea turtles trapped in a fishing net laid by fishermen. Responding quickly to the plight of the animals, the Navy managed to release all 15 sea turtles trapped in the net, back into the ocean, safely. There are seven species of sea turtles that are listed as endangered, of which five are found off the coast of Sri Lanka.
February 11, 2020 04:30 UTC
China reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on February 10, the highest daily toll since the outbreak began in Wuhan late last year, as two senior officials in the hard-hit province of Hubei were removed from their jobs. The total number of deaths on the mainland reached 1,016 in the 24 hours until midnight, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday. Some 2,478 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 42,638. Of the new deaths, 103 were in the province of Hubei, including 67 in the provincial capital of Wuhan. The virus is thought to have originated there in a market that sold seafood as well as wild animals.
February 11, 2020 04:30 UTC