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Four patients from yesterday declared COVID 19 negative – officials

ECONOMYNEXT – Officials are saying that the last four patients who they first believed contracted COVID 19 have tested negative for the infection.

A spokesman for the COVID 19 Task Force said the patients had tested positive in PCR tests conducted yesterday, but the customary second test had come back negative today.

The spokesman, Lt Colonel Vijith Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext that they will be tested again.

These four individuals are currently in hospital and under observation, he said.

“Even if they come back negative they will be under quarantine for 14 days,” he added.

Three new patients were diagnosed today and they are all from the Navy, the Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said.

Of the patients diagnosed yesterday, 15 were from the Navy, which has seen a widespread infection in the armed force.

Earlier officials said they are unsure the four, including a nurse in the National Hospital in Colombo got the disease the Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

“In previous cases we have been able to say how and from whom the patients testing positive for COVID 19 got the infection.”

“This time we are having some difficulty in finding that out,” he said. (Colombo May 6, 2020)

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Reported by Arjuna Ranawana