Sri Lanka records 86 COVID-19 cases | Daily News


Sri Lanka records 86 COVID-19 cases

According to the latest statistics issued by the Epidemiology Unit today (23rd Monday 12 noon), there are a total of 86confirmed COVID-19 patients and 227under observation. 
There are 90 suspected patients at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), five at National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL), 18 at Ragama Teaching Hospital, eight individuals at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, six at Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, six at Kurunegala Teaching Hospital, two at Jaffna Teaching Hospital, no one at Kandy National Hospital,  two at Baticaloa Teaching Hospital, two at Ratnapura Teaching Hospital, twochildren at Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH), 16 at Polonnaruwa DGH, one at Castle Street Teaching Hospital and 25 at Welikanda BH.
According to the Health Ministry sources, in the current Sri Lankan context, the public should wear masks when visiting crowded placers such as supermarkets, banks etc. 
Health experts say that it is good if elderly, 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 stay at home without going out. Only one person from one family should go out for essential tasks when the curfew is lifted.   
According to the instructions issued by Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director Dr. Karunapema, people should wash hands often with soap often and avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes before washing/ sanitizing (with alcohol based sanitizer) hands. The mouth and nose 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. He/she should consult the Public Health Inspector (PHI) of his/her area immediately and then inform  about any foreign tours gone in during past 15 days or any close contact had with a person who returned from abroad or a family member of such person etc, he said.  
According to the global situation reported in International media today, a total of 14,757 people had died due to COVID-19 and 341,722 cases had been reported from over185 countries in the world.

COVID-19 cases rise to 86 - (8:10)

The total number of Lankans who have contracted COVID-19 to 86, says Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

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