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Sri Lanka records fourth fatality as COVID 19 cases top 150

ECONOMYNEXT – A 58-year-old man who succumbed to severe pneumonia is Sri Lanka’s fourth victim of the COVID 19 virus, an official government statement said.

He was receiving treatment at the country’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Angoda, a statement released by the Director-General of Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa said.

Meanwhile, the number of cases detected in the country rose to 151, the Health Promotion Bureau reported.

Yesterday, a 72-year-old man who had been admitted to the Sri Jayaewardenepura Hospital died as he was being transferred to the IDH by ambulance.

He had been admitted to SJH only a few hours before.

Curfews are in effect in most of the populated parts of the country to enforce social distancing to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The government is keeping a watch on nearly 20,000 people in several parts of the country who are believed to have been exposed to the disease. (Colombo, April 2, 2020)