Three women COVID 19 patients found at Punani Centre
ECONOMYNEXT -Yesterday a total of 508 PCR tests were carried out and no-one was detected as having COVID 19, but today three women patients have been found in the Punani Quarantine centre, Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
In a video release sent to media, Jasinghe said the woman patient confirmed as having COVID 19 had returned to the country on March 12 from India.
She has told health officials that the passenger seated next to her on the aircraft had been coughing heavily and she had asked for a change of seat.
Jasinghe says she had developed symptoms around the 27th of March, but because she was an Asthma sufferer, the family had not taken her to hospital. However when her condition had got worse she had been admitted to the National hospital in Colombo and diagnosed with COVID 19.
Jasinghe added that in the next few days more areas will be released from the 24-hour curfew and hospitals will see an increase in patients coming to clinics.
He says the authorities plan to open more clinics for children and is urging patients to maintain social distancing.
He said that it would be better if one parent, preferably the mother only, accompany the child into the clinic to prevent over-crowding. ( Colombo, 17, April 2020)
Reported By Arjuna Ranawana