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Forty three confirmed Covid-19 cases

204 under observation at 17 hospitals

The Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit said a total of 43 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 204 suspected patients are being treated in 17 state hospitals upto yesterday evening.

There are 72 suspected patients at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID),  four at Kandy National Hospital, six at Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, 15 individuals at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, 15 at Negambo DGH, six at Ragama Teaching Hospital, 13 at Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, 14 at Gampaha DGH, 15 at Negombo DGH, four children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH), five at Ragama Teaching Hospital, one at Jaffna Teaching Hospital, 12 at Ratnapura Teaching Hospital, two at Badulla PGH, three at Colombo South Teaching Hospital (Kalubowila), 19 at National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), one at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital and 19 at the Polonnaruwa DGH.

According to the Health Ministry sources, in the current Sri Lankan context, there is no scientific justification to wear face mask routinely by the public. Health experts say that it is good if sick people (sick with flu, influenza etc.) and the people with significantly low immunity due to special health conditions such as recent major surgeries, undergoing chemotherapy, suffering from diseases such as diabetes, etc can wear face masks while visiting public places. The people should refrain from visiting public or crowded places.

According to the instructions issued by Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Dr. Karunapema, the people should wash hands often with soap and avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes before washing/sanitizing (with alcohol based sanitizer) hands. The mouth should be covered with disposable tissue or the inner side of the elbow when coughing and sneezing. The used tissue should be disposed in a bin with a lid. If a person suffer from symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, sore throat or difficulty in breathing, he/she should avoid visiting public places and crowded place. One should consult a doctor and inform the doctor about any foreign tours gone in during past 15 days or any close contact had with a person who returned from abroad.

According to the situation report issued by the WHO on 16th Monday, a total of 6,606 people had been died due to COVID-19 and 167,511 cases had been reported from 151 countries in the world, the sources added.

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