Sri Lanka Coronavirus patient gives birth, 40s Covid-19 patient dies

ECONOMYNEXT – A pregnant Coronavirus patient had given birth in Sri Lanka, the head of Sri Lanka’s health service Anil Jasinghe said while a 40-year old Covid-19 patient with no apparent complications died.

“We found a Coronavirus patient from the area in Beruwala which had been locked down,” Jasinghe told Sri Lanka’s privately-run Derana TV.

“She gave birth without complications.”

She had been treated at Nagoda hospital in Kaluthara. Varuna Seneviratne, the the Medical Officer of Health for Beruwala said the patient had entered the maternity clinic of the hospital with no symptoms.

The hospital had tested her after getting to know that, she was from Pannila, where several villages were under lockdown. The entire staff of the maternity unit was now under quarantine.

Sri Lanka confirmed 159 Coronavirus patients up to 2200h on April 03.

Jasinghe said patient in his 40s had passed away with pneumonia making him the 05 death. He had no complications.

“This shows that the virus can attack the lungs of persons who had no history of diabetes, pressure,” Jasinghe said.

“In general the virus attacks older persons and those will complications but it also attacks others.”

The dead person was a returnee from Italy who was in Welikanda hospital, he said. The patient had been in the intensive care unit from March 26.

Sri Lanka is widening testing, which is helping authorities identify infected contacts (F1) quickly. (Colombo/Apr03/2020 – This story has been updated to say that the person who died was a 44 year old)