Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Jul 14, 2020 0 29 12345 Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases.The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but army chief Shavendra Silva said nearly half the 1,100 residents and staff at a drug rehab facility near the capital had tested positive in the past week, and some visitors may also have been infected.At least 16 cases had emerged in villages elsewhere across the nation, officials said, most in the central-northern region.“Based on the direction of health authorities, it is decided to close schools this week,” the education ministry said in a statement, adding that private colleges were also encouraged to shut their doors. (AFP) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 406 Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 403 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 288 Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 DPA Manila The Philippines on Monday reported a total of 227 more deaths from Covid-19, the highest figure in a day, but noted that more than half of the deaths occurred as early as April. The deaths were only reported or .. Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions DPA Taipei Taiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks. The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader. The Southeast Asian nation ..