The number of confirmed deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak has risen to 258, as authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province reported 45 new fatalities.

In its daily update, the provincial health commission also said newly confirmed cases of infection in Hubei continued to grow at a steady pace, to 1,347.

That puts the national total over 11,000, based on numbers previously issued by the central government.
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Sri Lankan Airlines special flight UL 1423 carrying 33 Sri Lankan students left Wuhan airport, China says acting Sri Lanka Ambassador to Beijing.
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A special SriLankan Airlines charter flight landed in Wuhan, China, to bring back Sri Lankan students stranded there due to Coronavirus outbreak
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A Sri Lankan flight left for Wuhan, China, to airlift Sri Lankan students stranded there due to Coronavirus outbreak.
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UNP Working Committee elects Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa as leader of the UNP alliance and as PM candidate says UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

Ranil Wickremesinghe will continue as the UNP leader.
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India reports their first infected patient with coronavirus.

Indian media reports further state that the patient is a student who arrived to Kerala from Wuhan, China.
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MP Ajith P. Perera, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Minister Imtiaz Bakeer Marker and Mayor of Colombo Rosie Senanayake have been removed from the UNP Working Committee.

Sources close to the Opposition Leader said that a group of 35 UNP MPs including the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa have taken a decision to boycott the Working Committee meeting scheduled to be held this afternoon.

The term of the UNP Working Committee expired on December 31st and the first working committee meeting of the year constituting the new members is scheduled to be held at Sirikotha today at 3.00 pm.
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Twenty Five (25) Sri Lankans arrived to the Island on board the SriLankan Airlines’ flight  UL 881 at 5.10 am today.

According to a query from the Hiru news team, the airport medical officer stated that the airport doctors, who checked the health of the victims, have sent them to their homes because they are in good health.
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It is reported that school authorities in Kandy have refused to take a young girl to the hospital, while she was seriously ill with respiratory problems,.
 
A 13-year-old girl studying in a leading girls' school in Kandy had to face this situation.
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93 Sri Lankans have arrived in the island from China.
 
The airport health division noted that 68 students from China arrived last evening from Gwangsho via China Southern Airlines and Air China.
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The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) states that special attention should be given by health authorities and all other officials to prevent the spread of the deadly new coronavirus in the country.
 
Issuing a statement, they state that the Ministry of Health has issued a general guideline on disease management. The Government Medical Officers Association points out that according to that guideline, everyone has a responsibility to control the illness and the disease.
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Another Chinese national who is suspected of contracting the coronavirus has been admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda this afternoon.

A senior official at the hospital stated that the Chinese national had come to the hospital for treatment for a fever and a cough this afternoon.
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Medical experts point out that the deadly new coronavirus originated from China will not be eliminated anytime soon.
 
According to Professor David Fishman of the University of Toronto, Canada, it will be circulating around the world for at least a few months. During that time, tens of thousands of people could be infected with the virus.
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The Ministry of Health states that 12 major hospitals covering all provinces have been prepared to face coronavirus.
 
Speaking to our news team, the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that 12 hospitals including the National Institute of Infectious Diseases IDH, Colombo North, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Badulla and Karapitiya have been prepared in this manner.
 
Meanwhile, the Schools, Health and Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Education has made a request to the Ministry of Health.
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A 24 hour hotline introduced at Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing, to get the Information on Sri Lankans in China - 0086 - 10 - 65321861/2
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