Apr 04, Colombo: Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe a short while ago confirmed the death of a fifth patient contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
The deceased was a 44-year old male arrived from Italy and was being treated at the Welikanda Hospital in Polonnaruwa.
The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe says they have decided to increase the number of COVID-19 tests carried out on people who are identified to have had close contact with infected persons
According to the Health Promotion Bureau update released at 7 am Saturday, total of 159 cases have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 while 130 are active cases currently on treatment at the hospitals out of the 250 cases that have been hospitalized.
So far five deaths have been reported and 24 patients have been recovered and discharged from the hospitals.