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Three new COVID 19 clusters emerge from Colombo and Kandy as 9th fatality is confirmed

ECONOMYNEXT – Two new clusters of COVID 19 positive patients have emerged in the Colombo district and another cluster from Kandy today as the country recorded its 9th fatality, officials said.

The latest death is of a 52-year old woman from the Colombo inner-city Kotehena area, they said.

The patient who had been sick from an unknown respiratory ailment for around a month had been admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo on April 26 and had been transferred to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases late last night.

The Colombo Municipal Medical officer of Health said she had been living on the 13th floor of a block of flats and had been admitted to the National Hospital on April 26.

She had been transferred to the IDH when she had tested positive for COVID 19.

She had passed away around 1.30am this morning and had tested positive for COVID 19, they said.

Six people who had lived with her in the flat, which were husband and children as well as others whom she had associated with were being quarantined today.

The number of deaths from the disease had stayed steady at 7 for many weeks before these two fatalities were recorded.

Yesterday a 72-year-old woman with a kidney condition passed away at the Homagama hospital where a separate section to house COVID 19 patients has been established.

The two new clusters of patients are from Rajagiriya and Modera Army Chief Lt Gen Shavindra Silva said.

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At Kolonnawa a person described as a drug addict has tested positive and the person found in Rajagiriya is a three-wheeler driver, they said.

Fifty-six people have reportedly been sent to quarantine from Modera and Rajagiriya after the positive cases were diagnosed.

The third cluster is from Kolabissa in the Kandy district where an infected Navy Sailor had been on holiday. Sixty seven people he had associated with have been quarantined.

The number tested positive for the disease rocketed up from 199 to 755 in the last 23 days with the largest number emerging from the Sri Lanka Navy’s Welisara camp. (Colombo May 5, 2020)