Sri Lanka COVID 19 total breaches 700 mark

ECONOMYNEXT – The total number of COVID 19 positive patients in Sri Lanka since the outbreak in March this year has risen to 705 by mid-night last night the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health reported.

The last formal update from the government had given the number at 692 last evening May 3, 2020.

No information is yet available from government sources as to where the last few patients have been reported.

Of that number 296 patients are from the so-called Navy-cluster which includes sailors who were infected at the Navy camp at Welisara as well as friends and family who caught COVID 19 from sailors from the camp who went home on leave.

They crossed provincial and district lines against government restrictions and as a result the virus has spread to districts which had been free of the disease.

The government is also yet to report official for the cause of deaths of three people.

Two of them died while being quarantined. They were described as homeless people found at the Pettah bus stand at Gunasinghepura some weeks ago.

The authorities have not revealed the cause of death.

Questions are also being asked about the cause of death of an 80-year old resident of Piliyandala who reportedly passed away at the Shri Jayewardenepura Hospital on April 27 with acute respiratory sypmtoms.

Dr Jayantha Bandara of the All Ceylon Medical Officers Association told EconomyNext that a PCR test is said to have confirmed that he the deceased had COVID 19.





However after the death, a sample of lung tissue from this patient had been sent to the Infectious Diseases Hospital for examination but no information has been received about this as yet, Jayantha said. (Colombo May 3, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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