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* Coronavirus update; Three more COVID-19 infected patients identified in Sri Lanka
Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 09:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

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  • Mar 13, Colombo: Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, today said that three more people tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus bringing the total number of Sri Lankans who have contracted the virus to 5.

    The new COVID-19 positive cases are three males of age 37, 41 and 43 years.

    One of them is a Sri Lankan who had visited Germany and the other two had arrived from Italy and quarantined at Kandakadu Quarantine Center, the Director of the Government Information Department, Nalaka Kaluwewa stated.

    One patient is receiving treatment at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda while the other two are receiving treatment at the Polonnaruwa Hospital. There are currently 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    Specialist Dr. Anil Jasinghe says that the first patient identified with the COVID-19 has diabetes, high blood pressure and a lung ailment.

    Dr. Jasinghe said that the first patient had contact with 60 people and the second patient had contact with 20 people.

    Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan woman who contracted the viral infection in Italy has recovered and been discharged from the hospital in Brescia in Lombardi region of Northern Italy.

    Currently, 64 people in Sri Lanka are being tested in 17 hospitals across the country on suspicion of contracting the coronavirus.

    Tests for COVID-19 are only done in government hospitals. The tests are currently being carried out at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle, Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda and Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital. In addition, these investigations are being conducted at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

    Visitors from Italy, South Korea and Iran are successfully quarantined. As of today, 1,484 persons have been sent to quarantine centers in Batticaloa Campus, Kandakadu center in Polonnaruwa, Kahagolla and Diyathalawa Army camp.

    Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said all state universities will be closed for two weeks from tomorrow. The Secretary of the Commission said that this decision was taken considering the situation with coronavirus and it is only for university students.

    The Ministry of Education has decided to grant a two-week holiday to all National Colleges of Education and Teachers Colleges from March 16th to the 29th.

    The Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Social Security has decided to start the term holidays in all preschools throughout the country from today. According to the Ministry, the date of re-opening of the preschools will be announced later.

    Meanwhile, the National Child Protection Authority requests to consider instructions given by the Health Ministry and take steps to protect the children in day care centers, early childhood development and child development centers in the country.

    The Government Information Department urges the public to pay attention to the official announcements regarding the coronavirus as it has been observed that some parties are disseminating unverified information on social media.

    The public is requested not to be misled by the false propaganda about people infected with COVID-19 in certain places.

    A media center has been established to provide information on the disease and two special telephone numbers have been introduced for information. The hotline 071-0107107 / 011-3071073 is open 24 hours a day.

    Meanwhile, passengers from 11 countries have been banned from entering Sri Lanka for two weeks.

    All passengers from South Korea, Italy and Iran have been restricted from entering the country from today. Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Upul Dharmadasa says it has been decided to restrict entry to visitors from another 8 countries form the 15th of this month.

    Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment has decided not to grant permission for migrant workers to travel abroad until the threat of coronavirus virus spread subsides worldwide.


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