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Coronavirus Cases:
7,086,008

Deaths:
406,107

Recovered:
3,459,972
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113,090 new cases world wide lower from the previous day .

3,382 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

USA (18,905), Brazil (18,375), & India (10,864) are the three countries that drives the new cases.

Chile (649), Brazil (542), and USA (373) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours. USA has recorded its lowest per day death total after many weeks.
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WHO advises the public to wear a mask as Sri Lanka sees a big jump in numbers

ECONOMYNEXT – The World Health Organisation is updating its stance on wearing masks as a COVID 19 prevention measure the Reuters News agency reported today, asking everyone to wear fabric face masks in public where there is a risk of infection.

This came as Sri Lanka noted a near 50 per cent jump in cases in the past 3 weeks.

Sri Lanka has already mandated that everybody wear masks in public, even though the WHO had earlier did not say masks were compulsory.

Reuters reported that in its new guidance, prompted by evidence from studies conducted in recent weeks, the WHO stressed that face masks were only one of a range of tools that can reduce the risk of viral transmission, and should not give a false sense of protection.

“Masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19,” the WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at a briefing.

Reuters reported the WHO’s technical lead expert on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, as saying “We are advising governments to encourage that the general public wears a mask. And we specify a fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask.”

Local experts we spoke to said that the hi-tech medical masks may be too restrictive and make a person breathless.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has seen a staggering 48 per cent increase in confirmed COVID 19 cases in the last three weeks, according to the Health Department.

The total number of COVID 19 cases since the outbreak climbed to 1,810 today as nine more confirmed patients were recorded.

The total number confirmed stood at 935 cases on May 16 and 875 more were added in this period.


Of all of them have come from two active clusters, the Sri Lanka Navy and returning migrant workers, according to statistics released by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health.

The number produced by the Navy cluster stands at 891 and the returnees total is 520, the daily situation reports of the Epidemiology Unit said.

The Sri Lankan Health authorities are maintaining that there is no “Community Transmission” of the disease and that all new patients can be traced to known patients or Index Cases. (Colombo, June 6, 2020)

https://economynext.com/who-advises-the-public-to-wear-a-mask-as-sri-lanka-sees-a-big-jump-in-numbers-70735/
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Satellite data suggests coronavirus may have hit China earlier: Researchers


Dramatic spikes in auto traffic around major hospitals in Wuhan last fall suggest the novel coronavirus may have been present and spreading through central China long before the outbreak was first reported to the world, according to a new Harvard Medical School study.

Using techniques similar to those employed by intelligence agencies, the research team behind the study analyzed commercial satellite imagery and "observed a dramatic increase in hospital traffic outside five major Wuhan hospitals beginning late summer and early fall 2019," according to Dr. John Brownstein, the Harvard Medical professor who led the research.

Brownstein, an ABC News contributor, said the traffic increase also "coincided with" elevated queries on a Chinese internet search for "certain symptoms that would later be determined as closely associated with the novel coronavirus."

Though Brownstein acknowledged the evidence is circumstantial, he said the study makes for an important new data point in the mystery of COVID-19's origins.

“Something was happening in October,” said Brownstein, the chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and director of the medical center’s Computational Epidemiology Lab. “Clearly, there was some level of social disruption taking place well before what was previously identified as the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

Since the outbreak in China last year, the coronavirus has swept across the globe infecting nearly 7 million and killing more than 400,000 worldwide, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. It is believed that the virus jumped from animal species, where it had little effect, to humans, where it has become the most potent natural killer since the Spanish flu pandemic a century ago.

Though Chinese officials would not formally notify the World Health Organization until Dec. 31 that a new respiratory pathogen was coursing through Wuhan, U.S. intelligence caught wind of a problem as early as late November and notified the Pentagon, according to four sources briefed on the confidential information.

Because the origin of a novel virus is so hard to pin down but so critically important for scientists to understand, experts around the world are racing to uncover the secrets of the pathogen formally known as SARS-CoV2. The task for researchers is made far more complicated by the Chinese government’s refusal to fully cooperate with Western and international health authorities, American and WHO officials have said.

Brownstein and his team, which included researchers from Boston University and Boston Children’s Hospital, have spent more than a month trying to pin down the signs for when the population of Hubei province in China first started to be stricken.

The logic of Brownstein’s research project was straightforward: respiratory diseases lead to very specific types of behavior in communities where they’re spreading. So, pictures that show those patterns of behavior could help explain what was happening even if the people who were sickened did not realize the broader problem at the time.

“What we're trying to do is look at the activity, how busy a hospital is,” Brownstein said. “And the way we do that is by counting the cars that are at that hospital. Parking lots will get full as a hospital gets busy. So more cars in a hospital, the hospital's busier, likely because something's happening in the community, an infection is growing and people have to see a doctor. So you see the increases in the hospital business through the cars… We saw this across multiple institutions.”

The picture painted by the data is not in itself conclusive, Brownstein acknowledged, but he said the numbers are telling.

“This is all about a growing body of information pointing to something taking place in Wuhan at the time,” Brownstein said. “Many studies are still needed to fully uncover what took place and for people to really learn about how these disease outbreaks unfold and emerge in populations. So this is just another point of evidence.”

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/satellite-data-suggests-coronavirus-may-hit-china-earlier-100416976--abc-news-topstories.html
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Coronavirus update: Case and death tolls keep rising, but shock increase in U.S. jobs suggesting the worst may be over, for now

While the number of confirmed cases that causes COVID-19 and death tolls keep rising, a “shock” increase in jobs and drop in unemployment in the U.S. in May add to signs suggesting the worst of the pandemic is over as the easing of lockdown measures continues nationwide.

While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and death tolls keep rising, a surprise increase in U.S. jobs and a drop in unemployment in May suggest the worst of the pandemic is over as businesses recover from lockdowns enforced to combat the disease.

Wall Street’s benchmark stock indexes all rose Friday to levels seen before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11 and sectors hardest hit by shelter-in-place measures enjoyed broad rallies.


Total cases topped 6.75 million worldwide on Friday, and the number of deaths grew to over 395,500, while about 2.9 million people have recovered, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.




But in a surprise announcement from the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3% from 14.7%, while economists surveyed by MarketWatch had been expecting 7.25 million jobs lost with unemployment rising to 19.0%.


“Today was a shocking jobs number — and for the first time this year it was a positive shock — it’s very encouraging to see workers being recalled back by their employers and the unemployment rate dropped back down in May,” said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer for Independent Advisor Alliance. “At 13.3%, we are still at a higher rate than any that we hit during the financial crisis in 2007-2009, but as long as that continues to move lower, it will show that the reopening of the economy is proceeding smoothly.”

Also on Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill easing conditions for small businesses tapping the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.




The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +2.06% was up 2.1% Friday afternoon, and surpassed in intraday trading its Feb. 19 record closing price, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +2.62% climbed 2.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +3.15% ran up 803 points, or 3.1%, with both indexes on track for their highest closes since Feb. 24. The WHO had declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. See Market Snapshot.

Don’t miss: ‘We don’t inevitably have to have a second wave’ says Anthony Fauci, nation’s leading infectious disease doctor.

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A recent beacon of Wall Street’s optimism has been the airline sector. The U.S. Global Jets exchange-traded fund JETS, +4.79% has spiked up nearly 40% this week, a record for the sector tracker. Leading the group higher was American Airlines Group Inc.’s stock AAL, +11.18%, which rose 10% on Friday, after a record one-day rally of 41% on Thursday. The airline said this week it expected flights in July to be more than half what they were during the same month a year ago, compared with a previous announcement of a 70% capacity reduction in June and 80% reductions in April and May. Read more about American Airlines’ stock’s record gain on record volume.

Shares of cruise operators also reflected hopes of a faster recovery, with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Inc. NCLH, +14.49% rallying more than 40% this week, Carnival Corp. CCL, +16.39% climbing over 35% and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCL, +20.36% rallying nearly 35%.


This optimism has been tempered by those expressing concern about a potential spike in cases in the coming weeks, as nationwide protests of the police killing of George Floyd leave crowds of people ignoring calls for social distancing and as states continue to reopen businesses.




Don’t miss: Protesters have a ‘civic duty’ to get tested for coronavirus, Cuomo says.

In the face of these concerns, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that a second phase of its reopening process, which includes outdoor dining, could begin in early July, about a month after the first phase of reopening, which is set to commence on Monday.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-update-case-and-death-tolls-keep-rising-but-shock-increase-in-jobs-another-sign-suggesting-the-worst-may-be-over-for-now-2020-06-05?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo
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Sri Lanka telcos to offer new data plans to study, work from home in Coronavirus

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s telecom firms will provide expanded data plans to help customers work and study from home to promote social distancing during Coronavirus, and talks are also underway to design unlimited data packages, a regulatory official said.

The packages are to be announced on Telecom Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka website shortly.

A couple of providers agreed to give some favourable packages to the customers,” Deputy Director (Tariffs), at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Nishantha Palihawadana said.

“We have asked them to publish these packages on their websites as well and they are working on it at the moment”.

The regulator has also asked network operators to come up with unlimited data plans, he said.

“From all the networks we asked to provide the packages, but they are the ones who have to come up with the proportions” Palihawadana said.

“We are having discussions on this matter and still haven’t come to a decision.”

The industry has so far been reluctant to provide unlimited data packages as it could overload networks during the evening peak, and reduce quality for all users.

Industry officials have said that networks saw high data loads when Coronavirus curfews started making it difficult to maintain quality at times.

Traffic surged around 30 to 40 percent as curfews started in March sending the group scrambling to maintain quality and keep the network running, Group Chief Executive Supun Weerasinghe said.


“This created a massive challenge… to keep everyone connected and maintain service,” Weerasinghe told an online forum by Echelon Magazine, a sister publication of EconomyNext.

“But fortunately this traffic change happened during daytime. Our network is designed for a night peak. It helped smoothen the load.”

Data use in Sri Lanka has been growing sharply as due to rising domestic YouTube content, online meetings, social media as well as shifting voice traffic to over-the-top services.

Sri Lanka has been progressively relaxing Coronavirus controls and also been relaxing limits placed on the number of workers that can report to office with no new cases reported from the community for more than three weeks.

However controls on public transport are still in place. Schools are also not yet open. Many schools are using Zoom.com, Skype and whatsapp to teach students.

Whatsapp is useful for students who do not have computers.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 21 new Coronavirus cases on May 07, taking the total up to 1,835, but all were from foreign returnees in quarantine. Of the total 892 were from the Navy and close contacts. So far 990 have recovered and 11 have died. (Colombo/June08/2020)
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Coronavirus Cases:
7,198,634

Deaths:
408,734

Recovered:
3,536,154
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107,270 new cases world wide lower from the previous day .

3,157 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

USA (19,044), Brazil (18,925), & Russia (8,985) are the three countries that drives the new cases.

Brazil (813), USA (586) & India (266) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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Sri Lanka’s sex workers struggle to get by as COVID-19 brings industry to a halt

ECONOMYNEXT – Kumari is a 45-year-old mother of four living in Puttalam, Sri Lanka. She is a sex worker by trade. Today, with life brought to a virtual standstill by a global pandemic and with strict social distancing rules still in place in the absence of a verified vaccine, sex work has become prohibitively impractical and Kumari has no choice but to look for alternative avenues of income. COVID-19 has forced her to find temporary work in a coconut estate, tending to coconut saplings and clearing out the undergrowth, just to survive. Her meagre earnings – a far cry from what she made on the streets, pre-pandemic – buy her a couple of bowls of kola kenda (a local herbal porridge) a day. A full meal has proved a luxury, new clothes a distant dream.

Three of Kumari’s children are married. They know what her now-destitute mother used to do for a living, and have refused to take her in. The youngest child is in the care of extended family who are blissfully unaware of her real livelihood. Given the widespread stigma in Sri Lanka surrounding sex work, it is not surprising that Kumari has opted not to tell them the truth for the sake of her daughter. Reports of children of sex workers suffering emotional abuse at the hands of relatives abound.

Puttalam, a moderately populated district in the island’s northwest, was under round-the-clock police curfew for 52 days straight since Sri Lanka went into lockdown in mid March. To say that the mostly street-based sex workers of Puttalam have fallen on hard times as a result would be a gross understatement, according to one social worker who has been concerned with their welfare for some years.

Indrani Kusumalatha, Director of Praja Diriya Padanama (PDP), a non-governmental organisation based in Puttalam, told EconomyNext that since the arrival of the novel coronavirus, sex workers in the district have barely eaten.

“These women have no food, no clothes, and no hope for future employment prospects. Even if they do return to sex work, they don’t have the knowledge nor the capacity to do it safely in the current pandemic environment,” she said.

Before the public health crisis hit, some 20 street sex workers identified by PDP in Puttalam – aged between 30 and 50 – made anywhere from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 a night. They all worked tirelessly, nearly every day of the week. On March 18, the day that curfew was first imposed, everything came to a halt, and the women haven’t made a rupee since. Many of them are single mothers with several children each and therefore struggled to save any money; and the ones who didn’t have many obligations, said Kusumalatha, lacked the financial literacy needed to manage their income. Needless to say, the pandemic dealt a severe blow to them all.

“No one has so much as bought them a loaf of bread,” said Kusumalatha, recalling one incident where the neighbours of a sickly 56-year-old retired sex worker who received dry rations from PDP in late March had chastised Kusumalatha for extending her generosity to a “baduwa (slang for ‘slut’)”.

A decent meal is the least of their worries. According to Kusumalatha, there has been a surge in domestic violence and harassment faced by sex workers since the district went into lockdown. Underemployed husbands or abusive partners who depend on these women financially, she said, have taken to beating them up for not giving them the money to purchase [often illicit] alcohol.

Unable and unwilling to go back to their unsympathetic families – some have no families to go back to – the desperate sex workers of Puttalam have no one to turn to. Dry rations and other aid provided by the likes of PDP can only get them so far, and activists worry that in the current economic climate, things will get worse – much worse – before they get better.

The situation is no less dire in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital. Amali Perera, a spokesperson for Abhimani Women’s Collective, a Colombo-based NGO working with street-based sex workers shared its experiences with EconomyNext.


“Street sex workers were finding it difficult to go out at night since last year’s Easter Sunday attacks. Just as that situation was getting better, this pandemic hit them and it hit them hard,” she said.

According to Perera, street sex workers in Colombo charge Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 from a client, with the client usually paying for the room. The higher-end ones may charge up to Rs 6,000 a session. Like in Puttalam, sex workers in Colombo too work hard throughout the week. Like in Puttalam, these women too haven’t seen a rupee since March 18.

Through the goodwill of a generous donor, Abhimani has helped some 15 sex workers who are really struggling to get by (many of them single mothers), but for a vast majority of these women, even as the country is gradually easing lockdown measures in an attempt to return to normality, things are far from looking up.

“I speak to them whenever I see them on the road, and they tell me they have nothing to eat. I know one whose son is in university. He has no idea how his mother has been paying for his education all this time,” said Perera.

“These women are desperate, and they have been abandoned by their brokers and lodge-owners because they’re not bringing them any money anymore,” she added.

Transgender sex workers are particularly vulnerable.

“Everybody looks at them with suspicion. Nobody approaches them with help. Not even [cisgender] women look at them kindly. In fact, they treat them with no dignity,” Perera told EconomyNext.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, sex workers in some countries have moved their business online, offering phone/video sex via Skype and other apps. This is not an option for many sex workers in Sri Lanka, according to Perera, as only a handful have the resources and are technologically savvy enough to sustain such an enterprise. However, some high-end sex workers in Colombo who had already been advertising their services on websites pre-pandemic have switched semi-permnantly to online sex in exchange for credit card payments or mobile cash transfers that are facilitated by local telecos.

Meanwhile, the rest struggle to make ends meet. Both Perera and Kusumalatha told EconomyNext that some of the sex workers did not receive the Rs 5,000 allowance paid by the government to daily wage earners as they did not have permanent addresses nor had their names in the electoral register.

“Until a vaccine or treatment is found, I don’t think this industry will ever go back to normal,” said Perera, adding that in the absence of a viable economic alternative, sex workers will have no income whatsoever in the foreseeable future – an alarming prospect indeed, given the ubiquity of sex work in Sri Lanka as a profession, Victorian era cultural taboos notwithstanding.

A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report in 2014 indicated between 35,000 and 47,000 female sex workers in the country. A mapping of sex workers conducted by Sri Lanka’s National STI/AIDS Control Programme in 2010 showed that 8,332 were based in Colombo. About 7,000 have been reported in Jaffna, in the Tamil-majority northern province.

‘Sex work is widespread in Sri Lanka, and takes place in formal sex work establishments, spas, massage centres, private residencies and hotels, as well as informally through street-based sex work, mobile phones/call out services and the internet,’ a 2017 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) submission noted.


Pandemic or not, any effort to assist sex workers in Sri Lanka is immediately complicated by the fact that its legality as a profession is vague, at best, to say nothing of the social stigma that defines it. Street sex workers are usually arrested by police under provisions in the Vagrants Ordinance of 1841. This archaic law allows police to arrest without warrant ‘every common prostitute wandering in the public street or highway, or in any place of public resort, and behaving in a riotous or indecent manner’ with a punishment of 14 days imprisonment and/or fine. Section 9 of the Vagrants Ordinance, meanwhile, has made it a crime to live off the earnings of prostitution.

Another law that’s frequently used against sex workers is Section 360A of the Penal Code as Amended by Act No 22 of 1995 which criminalises ‘procuring or attempting to procure a male or female, of any age, with or without their consent from Sri Lanka or outside for prostitution, or as an inmate of a brothel.’

Additionally, the Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution Act 2005 defines trafficking as ‘moving, selling or buying of women and children for prostitution within and outside the country for monetary or other considerations with or without the consent of the person being subjected to trafficking.’

In a historic court decision, a Colombo Fort magistrate in February acquitted a woman arrested in a brothel on charges of prostitution, declaring that it was not considered an offence in Sri Lanka for a woman to earn a living through prostitution although it is an offence to operate a brothel. Though the unprecedented ruling was celebrated by activists everywhere, in the eyes of many ordinary Sri Lankans – including some workers themselves – sex work remains a crime.

Manika Deshapriya of Bakamoono.lk, an initiative affiliated with the Grassrooted Trust that works in sexual and reproductive health education in Sri Lanka, told EconomyNext that despite the odds stacked heavily against it – legally, culturally and now with the added obstacle of a deadly pandemic threatening to stop it in its tracks – sex work will continue.

People in the industry who have been pushed to desperation under the present circumstances are willing to risk infection to feed their families, she said.

“Police have asked street sex workers not to go out, but we have to ask how realistic that is. These people don’t want to die of hunger; they have to support their families. They have medical needs; some of them are pregnant; some have infants; others have elderly parents. It’s a whole ecosystem that encompasses factors like health, education, child nutrition etc. If their livelihood is affected, that entire ecosystem is affected,” said Deshapriya.

Acknowledging that the risk of COVID-19 infection is likely greater for sex workers than for most, the activist questioned the guidelines issued to sex workers islandwide as the number of confirmed cases began to grow. (One sex worker in Colombo that was suspected of being infected later tested negative). For example, regional sex worker groups have been instructed not to engage in mouth-to-mouth contact.


“You have to look at it from the sex worker’s point of view because, sex work being an illegal industry, they don’t have that bargaining power when it comes to their employment. It’s always the customer that has that power. So no matter the guidelines we provide, it comes down to their agency at the time of sex. If the client demands mouth to mouth for Rs 200 more, they’re going to do it, especially in these times,” she said.

According to Deshapriya, sex workers have long been employed by the government as part of the national HIV response. Though they receive government salaries, she said, their situation has not changed, and the stigma has certainly not changed. Similarly, health authorities will make sex workers part of the official response to the novel coronavirus, but once the threat of the virus has subsided, the fate of the sex workers will remain the same.

Deshapriya is also sceptical of alternative forms of employment being suggested to sex workers by those sympathetic to them, well-intentioned though they may be.

“A lot of people have spoken to me about opening small businesses or giving them jobs, but it’s not that simple. You can’t just take a sex worker out of the industry and give her a candle-making or basket weaving job. For one thing, what you earn from sex work is far greater. There’s also a certain lifestyle associated with the job. If you tell a bartender that alcohol is bad for you and give him an admin job, he’s going to be miserable,” she said.

“It’s not enough to pull sex workers out of the industry and give them “better” alternatives that might not actually be better for them. We never ask them what they want,” she added.

Like Kusumalatha and Perera, Deshapriya does not believe that a majority of Sri Lanka’s street sex workers will adapt and switch to online sex, even if a few high-end ones with the resources might experiment with it. Nor does she believe that sex workers should – or could – be forced out of the industry, no matter how bad things get.

Judging by the UNFPA-UNDP numbers, paid sex is in high demand in Sri Lanka, and even if it has dipped significantly at the moment, it will likely bounce back to pre-COVID numbers once the the pandemic has been brought under control – although, it is unclear how long that will take and how much of an impact social distancing measures will have on the industry in the long run.

“I think in Sri Lanka it will continue as it is. Even if a sex worker died from COVID-19, most would have a ‘who cares’ attitude. They would say she was asking for it, that she was an immoral person who did not deserve to live anyway. Sex workers themselves won’t give up, I think. Everybody feels the pangs of hunger. When the kids are crying and there’s no food on the table, you have to do something. It’s not unlike how middle class people stood in queues for hours to get their groceries. It applies to everybody. The need to eat and feed your family is universal,” said Deshapriya. (Colombo/Jun9/2020)

https://economynext.com/sri-lankas-sex-workers-struggle-to-get-by-as-covid-19-brings-industry-to-a-halt-70850/
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Coronavirus Cases:
7,318,131

Deaths:
413,648

Recovered:
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121,751 new cases world wide higher than the previous day .

4,763 more deaths higher than previous 24 hours

Brazil (31,197), USA (19,056), & India (10,218) are the three countries that drives the new cases.

Brazil (1,185), USA (1,093) & Mexico (354) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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More Covid-19 recoveries take total to 1,122

Sixty-five more COVID-19-positive patients have been discharged from hospitals today (10) upon making complete recoveries.

Sri Lanka’s recoveries count has moved up to 1,122, the Ministry of Health said.

The new recoveries are reported from Infectious Disease Hospital (01), Colombo East Base Hospital (14), Iranawila Hospital (01), Welisara Navy Hospital (36), Homagama Base Hospital (12) and Minuwangoda Base Hospital (01).

The coronavirus-positive cases confirmed in the country hiked to 1,859 on Tuesday (09).

Accordingly, the total number of active coronavirus cases under medical care meanwhile stands at 726.

Eleven patients have died due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

http://www.adaderana.lk/news/64550/more-covid-19-recoveries-take-total-to-1122
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Sri Lanka allows limited worship, tuition classes as new Covid-19 cases go down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s health authorities have given the go ahead for places of worship to commence activities subject to a limit of 50 persons from June 12, and tuition classes from June 15 as new cases of Coronavirus in the country reduced.

If the available space is smaller, half the usual crowd is allowed, the state information office said.

A tuition class could hold a maximum of 100 persons.

Sri Lanka is also re-opening schools in July, Education Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said with staff reporting to work on June 19 and Grades 05, 11 and 13 staring on July 06

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry reported two new cases on June 09 taking the total to 1,850 with one foreign returnee and a cluster linked to the Navy who are already quarantined.

No cases had been reported so far on June 10.

Sri Lanka’s health authorities are now also conducting community testing among high risk persons but no new cases had been reported over several weeks.

Earlier Sri Lanka denied tests to high risk groups and also frontline workers triggering an outbreak in a Navy camp. In the beginning even quarantined persons were denied tests.

The powers earlier held by senior doctors and virologists to deny tests requested by junior doctors who are treating patients had also been taken away. (Colombo/June10/2020)
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134,705 new cases world wide higher than the previous day and enhance the record for the highest number per day reported so far!

5,165 more deaths higher than previous 24 hours

Brazil (33,100), USA (20,852), & India (12,375) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (1,300), USA (982) & Mexico (596) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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5,165 more deaths higher than previous 24 hours

Brazil (33,100), USA (20,852), & India (12,375) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (1,300), USA (982) & Mexico (596) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.

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Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in Kuwait anxious to return home

ECONOMYNEXT – Jayanthi, not her real name, a 48-year-old mother of two from Kandy, is one of many Sri Lankan migrant workers currently stranded in the Middle East amid the COVID-19 pandemic, desperately looking to return home.

The Middle East is the most popular destination for migrant workers from Sri Lanka. Of all the countries in the region, Kuwait remains a favourite among Sri Lankans due to the value of its currency, the Kuwaiti Dinar, which is considered the most valuable currency in the world.

Since the arrival of the novel coronavirus, Kuwait has reported a total of 33,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 273 deaths and 22,162 recoveries.

The story of Jayanthi starts way back in May 2018 when she first set foot in Kuwait to find employment as a domestic worker. During her first six months in the country, she had to face numerous difficulties at the private residence she worked at, as the patriarch of the household would constantly attempt to sexually harass her.

When she complained to his wife about her husband’s behaviour, her reply to Jayanthi was to simply “consider him as your own brother”.

When she could not bear it any longer, Jayanthi called the foreign employment agency that had sent her to Kuwait. Agency staff had picked her up, and moved her to a new household where she worked until March at which point she wanted to return home as her mother had taken seriously ill.

The woman at Jayanthi’s new workplace refused to release her passport, telling her that they would send her home through the intervention of the police and the embassy. However, when she went to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait and conveyed to the officials her intention to leave Kuwait, the officials to her that they couldn’t accept her without a valid passport.

She then went to the agency, where she was allowed to stay as she did not have any money with her. Later she had found out that although the house she was working at had given the agency Kuwaiti dinar 220 as her monthly salary, the agency had only paid her 140.

Speaking to EconomyNext, Jayanthi recounted how she, along with several other migrant workers now temporarily sheltered at the embassy, are struggling to find food.

“Our breakfast is just one cup of tea, and for lunch, we are given packed rice and curry at 4 in the afternoon, and then at about 12.30 – 1am we get a roti for dinner,” she said.


Every time there is a visitor at the embassy premises, all of them are forced to hide.

“I don’t mind the discomfort. This pain, I can bear somehow. I just want to go back to Sri Lanka. That’s my only wish,” said Jayanthi.

“I’m too scared to go out because of the virus. I do not want to die in this country. I want at least my body to be buried in Sri Lanka,” she added.

Sri Lanka receives upto USD 7 billion in remittances from migrant workers, especially those working in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Vimukthi aged 30 from Gampaha is one of a group of 10 men who had gone to work in a chocolate factory in Kuwait on February 7.

Vimukthi and his group say they were deceived from the very beginning when their Sri Lankan agent sent them to Kuwait with a three-month visit visa instead of a work permit.

It was 15 days after their arrival in Kuwait, when their employer refused to give them work because they did not have their Kuwaiti-government issued Baladiya health certificate on them that they realised they had been issued the wrong visa.

Their employer gave them one month’s salary and threatened to send them to detention camps.

When Vimukthi and his group called the embassy for help, officials they evaded the issue, he charged.

“We registered at the embassy, but we’re still waiting to go back to Sri Lanka. The embassy is not telling us anything. When we asked for our passports from our employer, they stopped giving us food. We can survive with just water, but we need to go back home somehow. We’re new to Kuwait, so we don’t really understand the law here,” Vimukthi told EconomyNext.

Vimukthi had raised money to pay his Sri Lankan agent to get a job in Kuwait by mortgaging his house at a private mortgage company. That company is already demanding instalments with interest from his parents.

In a truly harrowing account, Ajith Kumara from Balangoda is in a desperate search for his older sister 45-year old Thamara Pathmini who had last contacted him on May 21 from the ICU bed at the Farwaniya Hospital in Kuwait.


Pathmini had gone to Kuwait in 2015 to work as a housemaid, but according to her brother had escaped her employer who had allegedly given her an unbearable amount of work for little pay.

She had then started working in another house where she contracted an illness a year ago due to a stomach issue.

Her new employer, Kumara claimed, had not provided her with any medical attention for a whole year had dragged her out of the house and put her on the street when the Kuwaiti government announced an amnesty period in April for migrant workers who are staying illegally in Kuwait.

Later when the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait allegedly refused to help, Pathmini had rented a place to stay in, but was subsequently admitted to the Farwaniya Hospital on the evening of May 14.

“Her condition got more critical every day. I was told that she later became unconscious and after coming round again had started talking to herself. My sister spoke to us for the last time on May 21 evening saying that she was about to be operated on as her condition had gotten worse. By midnight her phone was switched off and since then we haven’t heard anything from her or about her,” Ajith told EconomyNext.

Ajith has been trying hard to find any information about his sister. He has spoken to the Kuwaiti embassy in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait and also made a complaint to the Foreign Employment Bureau office in Rathnapura, but he has yet to hear back from any of them.

The only information Kumara was able to find was that Pathmini was admitted to the hospital by a taxi driver named Suresh in Farwaniya, but Suresh’s whereabouts or contacts are unknown.

Pathmini has two young children back home who are still in school.


“They cry every day asking for their mother,” said Kumara.

As Sri Lanka eases its lockdown measures, the government has halted the repatriation of migrant workers stranded in the Middle East and elsewhere. Of those who have already been brought back, 548 have tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 7. A majority of these cases happen are Kuwait.

The controversy surrounding the repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East, especially from Kuwait, took a turn for the dramatic when Former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told the privately owned Derana TV last month that the Kuwaiti government had selected “people who were COVID-19 positive and sent them here aboard their flights.”

“They have struck us with a bomb. They have sent their COVID-19 patients here,” Aluthgamage said.

Responding to Aluthgamage’s remarks, former opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunneththi said that migrant workers repatriated to Sri Lanka from Kuwait were subject to medical tests at the Kuwait international airport and did not board the flights back home as COVID-19 patients.

Speaking for Ethera Api, an association of Sri Lankan migrant workers, Handunneththi called for a clarification from the government of Sri Lanka on whether the returnees who have reportedly tested positive for the disease contracted it before departing to Sri Lanka, on the flight itself or upon arrival in the country.

Meanwhile, EconomyNext learned from Sandamini, a 24-year-old student from the University of Peradeniya in Kandy who is also stuck in Kuwait, that local news services had reported that four Sri Lankans infected with the coronavirus have been admitted to hospital. The patients were in a detention camp where the other workers who had returned to Sri Lanka last month had been kept.

Sandamini, who went to Kuwait to visit her mother during university vacation, had her return ticket dated March 15 and wants to return to Sri Lanka before the universities open up again.

“The embassy only noted down my name and the passport number,” she said.

The Kuwaiti government had earlier declared a period of amnesty for over 19,000 workers who lost their employment as the pandemic spread across the country, which expired last month.

Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena affirmed in May that the repatriation of migrant workers from the Middle East as well as other regions will continue in a manner sensitive to the vulnerability of these communities, particularly those who have lost legal status and/or employment in their host countries.

Earlier last week President Gotabaya Rajapakse assured avenues for everyone who wishes to return to Sri Lanka.

The president also directed airport authorities to accommodate all returnees in an isolated location while providing them required facilities until their PCR test results are released.

President Rajapaksa also directed authorities to explore the possibility of conducting PCR tests overseas with the Sri Lanka government’s intervention or with the assistance of the host government.

“Early identification of coronavirus positives would help to direct them to hospitals and quarantine centres soon,” he said.

According to the latest updates, as at May 27, 42,522 persons from 123 countries were looking to return to Sri Lanka. This number includes 34,881 migrant workers of whom 20,893 are living in the Middle East, while 4,961 are short term visa holders, and 2,016 are students. (Colombo/June10/2020)
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136,757 new cases world wide higher than the previous day and renew the record for the highest number of cases reported per day!

4,951 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

Brazil (30,465), USA (23,300), & India (11,128) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (1,261), USA (904) & Mexico (708) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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141,973 new cases world wide higher than the previous day and renew the record for the highest number of cases reported per day! The world has not yet seen the peak of this Covid 19 and still some leaders are saying the peak is over !

4,603 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

USA (27,221), Brazil (24,253), & India (11,320) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (843), USA (791) & Mexico (587) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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128,403 new cases world wide lower than the previous day.

4,039 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

USA (25,302), Brazil (20,894), & India (12,023) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (890), USA (702) & Mexico (504) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
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The Invisible wrote:128,403 new cases world wide lower than the previous day.

4,039 more deaths lower than previous 24 hours

USA (25,302), Brazil (20,894), & India (12,023) are the three countries with highest number of new cases that drives the new cases.

Brazil (890), USA (702) & Mexico (504) were the countries with highest new deaths for last 24 hours.
Hope cases will getting lower and lower.
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