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Risk of JN.1 Covid-19 epidemic, minimal – MoH

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The Health Ministry had stated yesterday (Dec. 25) that the risk of an epidemic in Sri Lanka due to the new COVID-19 sub variant – JN.1, is minimal.

A statement by the MoH notes that the Medical Research Institute has been instructed to carry out genetic tests to assess the risk of the JN.1 sub variant spreading and accordingly the necessary research is being carried out.

“While current evidence suggests the additional public health risk posed by JN.1 is low, we must continue to track the evolution of these viruses to tailor our response,” the Ministry said.

In recent weeks, the JN.1 Covid-19 sub variant has been reported from several countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is a tendency for this sub variant and other respiratory diseases including influenza to affect those regions, with the onset of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The MoH states that tests conducted in Sri Lanka over the last few months have shown COVID-19 cases are minimal.

Experts say that the chances of these respiratory diseases spreading can be greatly reduced by wearing masks in crowded places, washing hands frequently, maintaining distance, and maintaining cough and sneeze etiquette.

The MoH has further advised that people over the age of 60, people with chronic diseases, and pregnant women are at increased risk of complications if they suffer from respiratory diseases, so those people should be especially careful.

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CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

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Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

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Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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