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Total reported in Sri Lanka goes to 760 patients as 9 new diagnosed

ECONOMYNEXT – The number of COVID 19 patients since the outbreak rose to 760 this evening as nine new patients were diagnosed today the Health Ministry said.

The new patients are one each from Kolonnawa, Koahena, Rajagiriya, the Kandakadu Quarantine Centre and four Navy personnel, the Director- General of Health Services, Dr Anil Jasinghe said.

The increase in numbers came as the authorities reported two new clusters of COVID 19 positive patients 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 Kotahena area, they said. This is an area that has been identified as a location of a possible cluster.

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 1.30 am 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.

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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.

At Kolonnawa a person described by the authorities as a drug user 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)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana