Sri Lanka’s first COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital

A resident wearing a facemask rides past the entrance of Sri Lanka’s Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo, where most confirmed cases are treated.

ECONOMYNEXT – The first Sri Lankan to test positive for COVID-19 has been discharged from hospital following a full recovery, sources said.

The patient, a 52-year-old tour guide, was undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, also known as IDH (Infectious Diseases Hospital).

Informed sources confirmed to EconomyNext that the patient was discharged a short while ago.

The patient, a resident of Mattegoda, is an Italian-speaking tour guide who had been accompanying a group of Italian tourists in Sri Lanka when he contracted the novel coronavirus.

He was admitted to IDH on March 10.

Meanwhile, five new patients were confirmed today (23) while four others were identified last night, bringing the total to 91 patients including the original Chinese patient who was released in February, Health Services Director General Dr Anil Jasinghe said.

(Colombo/Mar23/2020)

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