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Sri Lanka discharges fully recovered Chinese Coronavirus patient

FOND FAREWELL: Sri Lanka Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi kisses recovered Chinese Coronavirus patient who was treated at a government hospital/ Ministry of Health handout photo

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has discharged a tourist from China who was treated for the novel Coronavirus on February 19, after making a full recovery, a health official said.

The woman patient was admitted to the hospital on January 25, and has been the sole confirmed case on the island, so far.

On discharge she was received by Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Director General Health Services Anil Jasinghe.

The 43-year-old female Chinese patient who was receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Sri Lanka for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has fully recovered, the head of the Epidemiology Unit Sudath Samaraweera said.

“As of yesterday (18), two patients were receiving treatment for suspicions of having been infected with the virus,” Samaraweera said.

Sri Lanka has admitted a number of patients with flue symptoms for treatment, but other than the tourist from China, no others had been confirmed as having the disease.

Sri Lanka is screening arrivals at airports and ports and had also tightened visas for Chinese tourists from
some cities.

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