Old couple in Wellawatte found infected with COVID-19

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An old couple living in Wellawatte were detected by  Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) medical officers to have been infected by COVID-19, CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijeyamuni said today.

He said they were 84 years old and had sought treatment from three hospitals in the City.

Dr. Wijeyamuni said though they had been taken to these hospitals by their two granddaughters who were both doctors they had not disclosed their symptoms to the doctors at those hospitals.

He said their two sons had returned from a visit to India on March 14 but had been tested negative to any COVID-19 infection.

“The main issue is that the couple had associated with more than 45 people in the area.They will now be quarantined and subjected to regular medical tests,” Dr. Wijeyamuni said.

“Even the staff of the three hospitals from which the couple had sought treatment will have to be quarantined.”

He said so far there had been 11 COVID-19 patients detected in Colombo.(Yohan Perera and Chathuranga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 20

  • Nick Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:08 PM

    The govt should bring stringent punishment to individuals

    Anonymous Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:30 PM

    Thank you for not disclosing the religion of the patient. This could have been just another Hot News

    Dharma Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:40 PM

    SLMC must cancel the two doctors license.Two lady doctors(grand daughters) handling of the situation warrants maximum punishment.

    T Jade Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:23 PM

    Not Muslim? ah yes no name !

    Adam Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:25 PM

    Govt must strictly and immediate announce in all medias not to go to hospitals in their own but to contact the COVID19 Hotline number. Severe punishment for bloody law breakers.

    Venom Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:26 PM

    The way its going this will never end. These type of hidden cases will pop up every where n destroy the country.

    Roshan musa Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:38 PM

    Why not exposing the names and the religion of those two as you did yesterday daily mirror? Why discrimimation? Gice them also an equality?

    Niki Amal Tuesday, 31 March 2020 06:56 PM

    Never thought medical doctors too behave like this in an irresponsible manner..Legal action must be taken for those two doctors.

    Raz Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:08 PM

    Should the grand daughters of the elderly couple known better, being doctors themselves?

    Dinesh Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:42 PM

    Investigate and if found negligent cancel the doctors practice licence. Wonder whether it will happen in Sri Lanka

    Upula Tuesday, 31 March 2020 07:52 PM

    Put those selfish, idiotic 2 daughters behind bars

    Bananahead Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:03 PM

    How come names withheld here but full name and village stated when it comes to patients of a certain minority community?

    Dr.C.S.Jamunanantha Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:09 PM

    Medical service should be declared as essential service and all health staff must work compulsory.

    Dil Peiris Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:09 PM

    This is going beyond control.

    Roindra Tehan G. Allang Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:55 PM

    Their granddaughters i.e. supposed doctors need to have their licenses revoked. Unbelievable.

    charith seneviratne Tuesday, 31 March 2020 09:53 PM

    There are doctors in this family and this spells out irresponsibility. Irrespective of cast or creed their names areas of domicile etc should be publicised and their pictures also posted. Others will then stop behaving like this. Last rights and the remains disposal should be as per government requirements and NOT as per the religion.

    Lalith J de Alwis Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:02 PM

    Clearly the two granddaughters who took the old couple to hospital and advised them not to disclose their symptoms, being doctors, have displayed their obvious lack of medical knowledge as well as a glaring lack of common sense and responsibility. I can't understand how these two doctors thought the doctors in the hospital would treat their grandparents without knowing their actual symptoms. I am not a doctor but even I know that allopathic medicine is aimed at treating symptoms. If the symptoms are hidden, the patient will not receive the correct treatment. These two doctors demonstrate clearly that medical education in Sri Lanka is quite inadequate.

    Ganesh Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:13 PM

    Why the two granddaughters who were themselves doctors had not disclosed the symptoms , may be they were not sure of or did not volunteer to commit. The issues is as to how this couple was infected with and from whom and where ?

    Samson Wednesday, 01 April 2020 12:49 AM

    When the minister of health goes around kissing Chinese Covid 19 patient - how do you expect the masses to behave ? Human beings always associate with other human beings.

    jacob Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:29 AM

    I'm guessing they are not muslims

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