Chinese woman at IDH tested positive for coronavirus

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A 43 year-old female Chinese national who arrived in Sri Lanka from Hubei, China has been tested positive for the new coronavirus yesterday making her the first case of positive coronavirus reported in Sri Lanka.

Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said the female patient who is in her forties had arrived in Sri Lanka on January 19 as a tourist.

After she developed symptoms of fever, she had been admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Angoda on the January 25.

“The first test on the patient was positive for the virus. We have sent a second sample to the Medical Research Institute at Borella for further examination. In the meantime, we will continue to treat her as a patient positive for new coronavirus at the IDH,” Dr. Samaraweera told the Daily Mirror.

He said there were some other patients being treated as suspected cases for the virus but added that he couldn’t come up with the exact number of suspected patients at the moment we contacted him.

Meanwhile, he said there was no need for the public to panic over the incident and that there was no need to wear face masks etc. “We will advise people to take precautionary measures if and when there is a need,” Dr. Samaraweera said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 14

  • Ep Monday, 27 January 2020 09:22 PM

    Our authorities should act quickly. If this person has used a taxi or the passengers who came in the same flight should be closely moniterd to prevent any outbreak of this diseases.

    Imy Monday, 27 January 2020 09:22 PM

    All the best srilanka

    ANTON Monday, 27 January 2020 09:26 PM


    DHA Monday, 27 January 2020 09:30 PM

    Surely there will be many more who probably would've entered the island before the detection devices were installed at BIA

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 27 January 2020 09:35 PM

    Now is high time to think whether we are allowing people to come from China.

    Gerard sidney Monday, 27 January 2020 09:41 PM

    Oh boy.. What are we in for????

    Dee Monday, 27 January 2020 10:27 PM

    The four suspect cases who entered IDH was tested negative. Two more suspected cases only arrived last morning on UL flight from KL. Where was this one 'several days ago' ? Wake up SL. Leave your pride of Nov 16th! We really don't know where we are heading!

    vithura Tuesday, 28 January 2020 12:38 AM

    SARS, H7N9 Avian bird flu and now Corono all from China, is it not worrying?

    Sando Tuesday, 28 January 2020 09:32 AM

    Ban tourists from China for at least 4 months.

    Sando Tuesday, 28 January 2020 09:48 AM

    Guess...Nothing good comes from there......Curses from God.

    Raj Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:40 AM

    Eat something which improves immune system to fight the virus as Antibiotics will not work. Government should have a contingency plan to lock down Colombo from rest of the country, if many people are found infected.

    Dean Tuesday, 28 January 2020 01:34 PM

    Check all Chinese restaurant and Chinese houses for snake cocroche and all kind of meat they may having it consuming.ban all Chinese restaurant which are owned by Chinese national.

    LankanLover Tuesday, 28 January 2020 07:59 PM

    where are we heading to? this is scary shit

    Andrew Silva Wednesday, 29 January 2020 12:35 PM

    Corona one cell viral is nothing for our all powerful President. Don't worry people he will take care of it.

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