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“Cured” COVID patient relapses and is admitted to the IDH

A nurse wearing a facemask walks outside the entrance of Sri Lanka’s Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo on March 17, 2020. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

ECONOMYNEXT – A Kuwait returnee who was declared COVID 19 positive and treated and released from hospital is showing signs of the disease and admitted to the IDH in Angoda, officials said.

Colonel (Media) Vijitha Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext that the 36-year old woman migrant worker who returned to Sri Lanka on May 29 had been at the Trincomalee Quarantine Centre where she had tested positive for COVID 19.

She had then been admitted to the Homagama hospital for treatment, Hettiarachchi who speaks for the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 headed by Army Chief Shavendra Silva said

From there she had been released some days ago after testing negative for the disease and had gone home to Kebithigollawa in the Anuradhapura district.

Two days ago after she had developed nausea along with a cold and a cough and been admitted to the Anuradhapura General Hospital and transferred to the Methsiri Sevana, the COVID 19 Ward.

There she had been tested again and found positive.

Last night she had been transferred to the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Angoda.

Hettiarachchi said that her family and three neighboring houses have now been placed under quarantine.

In epidemiological terms for Sri Lanka she remains an Index case – someone who came into the country with the disease – therefore this is not a case of community transmission. (Colombo, June 16, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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