Sri Lanka COVID19 cases reaches 159 as eight new confirmed cases are found
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka relaxed some rules for curfew bound regions in the country as eight more confirmed cases were found Friday bringing the total to 159.
The country now has 131 active cases with four deaths and 24 discharged from hospitals after a complete recovery.
On Friday telecommunications technicians and Veterinary Surgeons were added to the list of professionals who could go to work during curfew hours.
The country’s top health official said health workers were testing some 200 people who had come into contact with two patients who were confirmed on Thursday.
Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said that 108 COVID 19 cases are warded in the National Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) while 12 are at Welikanda and 12 others are at Mulleriyawa.
Parts of central Colombo are in lockdown after a 73-year old man described as a Travel Agent succumbed to severe pneumonia before he was diagnosed with COVID 19.
Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said a total of 302 people who lived in the vicinity of the latest fatality were taken to quarantine centres. (Colombo, April 3, 2020)