Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lauded Sri Lanka’s inoculation drive against the coronavirus pandemic posting a message on Twitter. Re-tweeting the recent congratulatory message by WHO Sri Lanka on vaccinating over 500,000 in a single day twice in a row, the Chief said Sri Lanka is on track to fully vaccinate 10% of its population ahead of the September target. https://t.co/BJLUlomN4T— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) August 1, 2021In response to his endorsement, Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tweeted a thank you message saying Sri Lanka is committed to ensuring immunity for all people in the country. https://t.co/TjulaeQQWT— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) August 2, 2021In a return tweet, the WHO Director-General thanked President Rajapaksa for his commitment. #InThisTogether https://t.co/MAaiuip7Fv— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) August 2, 2021
August 02, 2021 13:52 UTC
Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 235,760 new cases of lung cancer in 2021. 'It's absolutely driven by lung cancer,' which accounts for about a quarter of all cancer deaths, she said. Types of lung cancerThere are two main forms of primary lung cancer. - Small-cell lung cancer – a less common form that usually spreads faster than non-small-cell lung cancer.
August 02, 2021 13:30 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); United National Party MP Ranil Wickremesinghe filed a petition with the Court of Appeal on Monday (02) seeking a writ order be made, making void the recommendations made against him by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Political Victimization. Chairman of the PCoI Retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne, the two other commissioners, the Secretary of the Commission, and Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara were named as respondents in the case. Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out that he was made aware by the media that the Presidential Commission had made final recommendations holding him accountable over the complaints filed against him with the Presidential Commission regarding the Anti-Corruption Secretariat that operated during the period of the Government of Good Governance. The petitioner has pointed that, not giving him a fair time to appear before the Commission to present facts with regard to the investigations, is a violation of the law and justice in the land. Therefore, Wickremesinghe has pointed out in his petition that an interim injunction should be issued preventing the implementation of the recommendations against him by the Presidential Commission until his petition is examined and a final verdict is given.
August 02, 2021 12:45 UTC
There were three main measurements made to assess the progress of 5G rollouts: 5G download speed, 5G upload speed, and network availability. 13 of the cities showed median 5G download speeds above 200Mbps. 29 of the 30 cities had median download speeds of over 100Mbps (only Warsaw in Poland missed out). 13 of the cities showed median 5G download speeds above 200Mbps. That story is all about 5G availability problems.
August 02, 2021 12:00 UTC
August 2, 2021 05:23 pmThe National Water Supply and Drainage Board has announced a 24-hour water cut in several aeras in and around Wattala from 10.00 a.m. tomorrow (03) due to laying of pipelines across the Hendala Bridge and connecting it to the main water supply line. Accordingly, the water supply to the following areas will be interrupted due to this:A section of the Wattala – Negombo Road, a secton of Mabola, Welikadamulla, Hendala Road and all byroads up to Nayakakanda Junction, Alwis Town, Maradana Road, Puwakwaththa Road, Galagahaduwa and a section of Kerawalapitiya.
August 02, 2021 12:00 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Ministry of Public Health of Qatar has announced revised quarantine regulations for travelers from six Asian countries. According to the revised guidelines which were issued today (02), fully vaccinated travelers (who have received their vaccination in Qatar) originating from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines coming to the Gulf state must now quarantine for two days at a hotel until a negative PCR test sees them fit to leave the facility on the second day. All other travelers from these countries are subject to a hotel quarantine of 10 days upon arriving in Qatar, even if they are fully vaccinated with the same vaccine.
August 02, 2021 10:30 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); Schools need to open as soon as possible, Minister of Education G.L. And in this situation, the primary goal is to open schools as soon as possible, subject to health restrictions” The Minister further stated. As the Minister of Education, I kindly request teachers and non-academic staff to go to the schools and make the necessary preparations for the reopening of those schools.” The Minister urged. “In theory, it is always possible to open schools on the advice of the health authorities after the second dose is given in August. The Education Minister also stated that the Government intends to open schools in a step-by-step process according to a systematic plan.
August 02, 2021 10:18 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); The viability of obtaining the contribution of the fishing community for the purpose of cleaning Sri Lanka’s beaches in exchange for payment has been sought by the Ministry of Justice, Minister of Justice Ali Sabry mentioned during a press conference held at the Ministry today (02). The press conference was held with the participation of Minister Ali Sabry, State Ministers Kanchana Wijesekara and Mohan Silva, and Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam at the Ministry of Justice today (02). The Minister said that he has informed several institutions such as NARA, Coastal Conservation Authority, and the Sri Lanka Navy to remain vigilant of the steps taken to curb the damage caused due to the oil spill of burnt tanker MV X-Press Pearl. The need for the establishment of a National Committee for facing such natural disasters was also emphasized by the Minister. Minister Ali Sabry added that steps to provide remunerations for fishermen who lost their livelihoods due to the oil spill are currently underway.
COLOMBO (News 1st); Another consignment of 727,540 doses of Covishield-AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday (07), Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama says. According to a press release of the Presidential Media Division, the relevant consignment will arrive in Sri Lanka as a part of the donation from Japan. The previous consignment of 728,460 doses which arrived in Sri Lanka on 31 July was handed over to the President today (02).
Health alerts have been issued for three suburbs in Queensland after people with infections visited a school, netball games and a coffee shop. Deputy Premier Steven Milles said Queensland's lockdown would be extended until 4pm next Sunday as a result of the new cases. Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick also announced a $260 million support package for Queensland businesses at the Monday update. 'That will be $5,000 grants available to Queensland businesses - not just businesses in the locked down area. Walkers seen in Brisbane's CBD on Sunday as south-east Queensland began it's first day of a snap three-day lockdown.
August 2, 2021 02:49 pmThe Ministry of Health says that another 1,958 patients who were being treated for COVID-19 have been discharged after completing their recovery. This increases the country’s coronavirus recoveries to 280,868. Sri Lanka has thus far confirmed a total of 311,349 positive cases of Covid-19 while 25,973 patients infected with the virus are currently under medical care. The death toll due to the virus currently stands at 4,508.
August 02, 2021 09:11 UTC
A plant collector has spent £15,000 on more than 250 tropical plants for her house and back garden. The magic continues inside, where she has used houseplants to turn the two-storey home into an 'indoor jungle'. I have around 150 tropical house plants and a lot more in the garden.' After years of work, Hannah is now nearing the end of her garden project but wants add 'nautical style decking'. I've always had little a couple of house plants even from a young age.
August 02, 2021 09:00 UTC
'Our customers are not ready to disregard the 'at home' shift of investing in comfortable, versatile pieces for their wardrobe,' he said, speaking to The Guardian. 'Instead, men are wearing smartened up versions of the casualwear we've been wearing throughout lockdown with easy-wearing separates.' Marks and Spencer has released casual suits which include trousers which bear a striking resemblance to sweatpants and more relaxed blazers which boast soft shoulders. Elsewhere, Hugo Boss is working to cash in on the boom and appeal to the new office style by partnering with Russell Athletic. Smart-casual suits in the range are made from a comfier jersey material fabric, while they've also released the option of shorts instead of trousers.
August 02, 2021 08:37 UTC
Daily vaccinations in Sri Lanka amounted to 216,110 yesterday (01) according to data from the Vaccination Dashboard of the Presidential Secretariat. Accordingly, nearly 10 million vaccinations in total have been administered to the population aged over 30. He mentioned that the country will be able to fully vaccinate 10 percent of its population ahead of the vaccine equity target in September. “Glad to see that #SriLanka is on track to fully vaccinate 10% of its population ahead of the #VaccinEquity September target! Thanks to the Government and people of the Flag of Sri Lanka for their efforts, and continued vigilance on proven public health and social measures to suppress the virus,” he expressed via a tweet through his official twitter handle.
August 02, 2021 08:15 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); There is a possibility of patients being given a third ‘booster’ dose even after being fully vaccinated, Deputy Director-General of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath says. Responding to a query with regard to a third vaccine, Dr. Herath said that theoretically, a yearly vaccine needs to be administered for any virus, such as Influenza. However, the necessity of administering a yearly booster dose is yet to be determined, he added. The possibility has also sprung up in the global research medical field, and it is possible for Sri Lanka to administer such doses if deemed necessary. Dr. Herath reminded that the effectiveness of the current vaccination program and the immunity of the community as a whole is yet to be determined, and the necessity of a third, or yearly dose will be decided upon later.
August 02, 2021 07:52 UTC