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Sri Lanka hospital ward closed, staff quarantined over Coronavirus patient: report

ECONOMYNEXT – A hospital ward was closed and its entire staff was quarantined after a patient admitted for heart disease was found to have Coronavirus, a media report said.

Sarath Premasiri, Deputy Director of the Ragama Teaching Hospital said the staff had got to know from visitors that he had contact with returnees from Italy but he had not revealed them.

“As a result we admitted him to a normal ward,” he told News First television. “As a result the consultants, doctors, nurses and minor staff had to be quarantined.”

“If the correct information had been given in the first place we would have been able to isolate him.”

Premasiri said as a result all the patients in the ward and also the visitors who came to see them had got exposed.

Vietnam’s ‘Patient 86’, a nurse, was admitted Bach Mai’s Heart Institute to get treatment for hypertension and tight chest for the next four days and discharged. She was later tested for Coronavirus after a colleague was cofirned, and found to have coronavirus.

Sri Lanka had confirmed around Coronavirus patients by March 20.

Sri Lanka imposed country-wide curfew until Monday. (Colombo/Mar20/2020)

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