Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Two foreigners suspected to have COVID-19 admitted to KTH (The Island)
  • PM to meet Opposition party leaders today (Daily Mirror)
  • Two COVID-19 patients in critical condition (Daily Mirror)
  • Navy nabs bootleggers (The Island)
  • Ample stocks for 20 days: Panic buying of fuel unnecessary (Daily Mirror)
  • Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam and five districts in NP lifted at 6am today (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Covid-19 In Sri Lanka & South Asia: Facts, Figures, Fiction & Need For A Rational Policy Response (Colombo Telegraph)
  • COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka: Govt. expands quarantine facilities; prompt decisions vital (Daily Mirror)
  • Symptoms, treatment and FAQs: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus (Daily Mirror)
  • Unified Political Approach On Handling Covid-19 Crisis Is Necessary (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Let Us All Be Keynesians & Fisherians To Face This Severe Medical Crisis (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Why do people fear Covid-19? (The Island)
  • Business

  • Market holidays on March 23 and 24 (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka SMEs facing COVID-19 brunt-COSMI (The Island)
  • Microsoft’s commitment to customers during COVID-19 (The Island)
  • 15 percent stalled high-rises causing concern to developers (The Island)
  • Education on good nutrition practices through gender equality at work and home (The Island)
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industries express support for government’s response to COVID-19 (The Island)
  • World

  • By delaying Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee finally admits it’s not the main game in town (ABC)
  • Dow Jones surges as US prepares to unleash trillions in coronavirus stimulus, ASX follows (ABC)
  • Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe? (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s coronavirus death toll tops 1,000, lockdown likely to be extended (France 24)
  • Coronavirus: Rule of law under attack in southeast Europe (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus-stricken Broadway legend McNally dies (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • eDNA provides researchers with ‘more than meets the eye’ (Science Daily)
  • Bankrupt miner Murray Energy gets no bids for its coal mines (IEEFA)
  • Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it makes the energy wars worse (The Conversation)
  • TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant (IEEFA)
  • Hidden source of carbon found at the Arctic coast (Science Daily)
  • Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager donates 1m euros to fight coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Cam Newton: Quarterback released by Carolina Panthers (BBC Sport)
  • Tom Brady: Quarterback avoids criticising New England Patriots after ending 20-year spell with team (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’ (BBC Sport)
  • Tokyo 2020: How athletes reacted to Olympic Games postponement (BBC Sport)
  • Coronavirus: No alternative to closed-doors football games, says PFA chief executive (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • We need economic relief now. Climate policy can come later. (MIT Tech Review)
  • Native American Photographers Develop the Stories of Their People (Smithsonian)
  • Two Drops of Life: India’s Path to End Polio (Jstor)
  • To see the antisemitism of medieval bestiaries, look for the owl (Aeon)
  • The ‘Pie Engineer’ Who Designed a Dessert For the Jazz Age (Atlas Obscura)
  • Squids’ Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures (Wired)

  • You can sign up for this briefing via email here.