SRI LANKA NEWS (FEBRUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder. Headline inflation increased to 14.2 per cent in January 2022 from 12.1 per cent in December 2021, says the Central Bank of Sri Lanka It is measured by the year-on-year change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100), On an annual average basis, the CCPI increased to 6.9 per cent in January 2022 from 6.0 per cent in December 2021. Inflation was driven by monthly increases of prices of items in both food and non-food categories. Subsequently, food inflation increased to 25.0 per cent in January 2022 from 22.1 per cent in December 2021. Non-food inflation increased to 9.2 per cent in January 2022 from 7.5 per cent in December 2021, the CBSL adds. (Ceylon Today, 1.2.2022) Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga today said that 82,327 tourists have arrived in the country in the first month of this year. “Between 2000 ...

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Covid-19 vaccines for children: Latest medical information-By Dr B.J.C.Perera Source:Island MBBS(Cey), DCH(Cey), DCH(Eng), MD(Paed), MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Lon), FRCPCH(UK), FSLCPaed, FCCP, Hony FRCPCH(UK), Hony. FCGP(SL) Specialist Consultant Paediatrician and Honorary Senior Fellow, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Joint Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health Section Editor, Ceylon Medical Journal In these days of evident uncertainty regarding the likely progress of the SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19, there is a state of apprehension and intense anxiety amongst the general populace of our country. With the added complication of several mutant variants, all designated by the letters of the Greek alphabet, the melting pot actually boils and even overflows. In addition to scientific data and proper pedagogic assessments, there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 vaccines in all kinds of print and electronic media. Some totally unsubstantiated allegations, stipulations, postulations and prophesies ...

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Let us talk about Herd Immunity and its challenges for COVID-19-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Transcript; Herd immunity is defined as the resistance to the spread of an infectious disease within a population that is based on pre-existing immunity of a high proportion of individuals from previous infection or vaccination. “The level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.” The chances are that herd immunity is far fledged when the adapted immune response lasts only for a few months, as in the case of Covid-19. ...

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RELIGIOUS AND MULTICULTURAL LEADERS RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE More than 30 NSW religious and community leaders have come together to encourage all eligible individuals from diverse faith and cultural communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The leaders met with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee at the mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. “Thank you to community leaders across NSW who have shown leadership throughout the pandemic and continue to provide trusted information to their communities. It is critical to vaccinate our citizens as quickly and as safely as possible,” Ms Berejiklian said. ...

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