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64 under observation, five confirmed

Sixty four people are currently under observation for COVID-19 as at yesterday. Five Sri Lankans found positive for the virus are now being treated at the NIID. No other infections have been reported so far, Epidemiology Unit sources said.

Twenty suspected individuals are at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), seven at the Kandy National Hospital, two at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, six at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, six at the Ragama Teaching Hospital, seven at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, five at the Gampaha DGH, five at the Negombo DGH, two at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) and one each at the Ragama Teaching Hospital, Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Ratnapura Teaching Hospital, Badulla PGH and NHSL.

According to Health Ministry sources, there is no scientific justification for the public including children to wear face masks. People with flu, influenza etc. and those with with significantly low immunity due to special health conditions such as recent major surgeries, undergoing chemotherapy, etc can wear face masks while visiting public places.

People should wash hands often with soap and avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes. The mouth should be covered with disposable tissue or the inner side of the elbow when coughing and sneezing. If a person suffers from symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, sore throat or difficulty in breathing, he/she should avoid visiting public places and crowded places. He/she should consult a doctor and inform the doctor about any foreign tours gone in during the past 14 days. According to the situation report issued by the WHO on Thursday, 4,613 people had died due to COVID-19 and 125,048 cases had been reported from 117 countries. The number of individuals affected by the Covid-19 in Sri Lanka went up to five with the detection of three new confirmed cases by the health authorities yesterday.Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said these patients are at aged 37, 41 and 43 and are currently being treated at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) and the Polonnaruwa Hospital.

The 41-year-old male had returned to the country after visiting Germany recently.

Other two males had arrived in the country from Italy and were in the Kandakadu Special Quarantine Center by the time of the detection, Dr. Jasinghe said.


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