COVID19 Patient’s child not infected – Govt

The government is saying that a child of the first Sri Lankan to contract COVID19 has not tested positive for the disease.

The Director-General of Information issued a Press Release denied rumours that the child of the Tour Guide who was the victim of the first domestic transmission of the coronavirus is also ill.

The release said that the patient who tested positive is receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Angoda and his family members are quarantined.

Meanwhile, panicked parents of Ananda College in Maradana rushed to the school after the rumour of the infected child spread.

Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe told reporters this morning that two Specialist doctors were sent to speak to the staff, students and parents about the issue.

“There is a very small likelihood of the child contracting the disease was minimal as the father was admitted to hospital at a time the son was at school,” he said.

He also reassured the parents that the student had no contact with any other students as he is now in self-quarantine.

Meanwhile, the Old Anandians Medical Guild issuing a statement said that the patient had had “long contact with Italians in an air-conditioned environment.”

They advised the school that there is no need “to close the said section or school or keep the children at home if they healthy.”

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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