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Parts of Colombo in lockdown as third person dies of COVID 19

ECONOMYNEXT – COVID 19 claimed its third victim, a 73-year old man from Maradana in central Colombo Wednesday night, the government Information Department announced.

The patient who had been receiving treatment at the Jayawardenepura Hospital (SJH) had been diagnosed with COVID 19 and was transferred to the National Infectious Diseases hospital (IDH) in Angoda on Wednesday night.

The statement said he was dead on arrival at the IDH.

The government statement said that the patient had diabetes, high blood pressure and partial kidney failure before developing this fever.

The Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said he had been admitted to SJH only after he became very ill with fever.

The Maradana and Grandpass areas, densely populated residential-cum-business areas of the capital city were forced into lockdown by police and para-military troops after reports of more persons who were tested positive for the coronavirus were located in these areas.

The indefinite curfew imposed on the Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kandy, Jaffna and Kalutara districts will continue. Other parts of the country will see the curfew lifted at 6 am and re-imposed at 2 pm, a communique from the Presidential secretariat said.

The town of Akurana in the Kandy district and Atalugama in the Kalutara district have been isolated and no-one is permitted to go in or out of these sealed areas.

According to the Ministry of Health the total number of persons identified as positive for COVID 19 since the outbreak is 146, the number passed away is 3, the number fully recovered and discharged is 21 and the number of active cases currently in various hospital is 122. (Colombo, April 2, 2020)

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