Sixteen under observation in Sri Lanka for Coronavirus infection

National Institute of infectious Diseases where most of the suspected Coronavirus patients are warded/Handout photo

ECONOMYNEXT – The government says sixteen people suspected of having contracted the Novel Coronavirus are under observation in several government hospitals and up to now there has been only one confirmed case.

In a statement issued to Media today, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said that four of these patients are foreigners.

The one confirmed case, a Chinese tourist, has recovered completely and is likely to be discharged soon, doctors at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) said.

Eight of the patients under surveillance are at the IDH, two at the Polonnaruwa Hospital, five at the National Hospital in Kandy and one at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.

CNN is reporting that nearly 10,000 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide with 213 deaths. The report said 9,700 cases are in China, mostly in Hubei Province where the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan is located.

Yesterday was also the deadliest day for China with 40 deaths reported in Hubei Province, CNN said.

India has reported its first confirmed case from the State of Kerala. More than 20 countries have reported Novel Coronavirus positive cases and the United Kingdom reported its first two cases yesterday.

Yesterday the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International concern. (Colombo, January 31, 2020)

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