Two Europeans among 14 suspected patients in SL

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Two Europeans are among the 14 patients who were hospitalized over suspicions of being infected by the coronavirus, Health Ministry officials said yesterday.

They said blood samples removed from the patients have been referred to the MRI in Borella.

The patients were hospitalized after they complained of symptoms similar to those produced by the coronavirus. However several patients who had been hospitalized with these symptoms over the past few weeks were discharged after they were found to be suffering from an attack of flu.

The officials said the two European were being treated at the IDH while all 14 patients, some admitted to other State hospitals, are under close observation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit said the Chinese tourist who was confirmed as having infected with the coronavirus continued to be kept at the IDH and was closely monitored by a team of specialized doctors.

Although she had recovered from the virus, she would continue to remain in hospital till doctors were certain that she would not suffer a relapse.

Dr. Samaraweera said strict preventive measures continued to be in place at all entry, exit points of the country and this had helped prevent the spread of the disease in Sri Lanka.

China's Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan, who met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday said since the Chinese New Year is not a holiday in Sri Lanka, most Chinese residing in Sri Lanka had not returned to China for the celebrations and those who did had been asked to delay their return and those who had already returned had been asked to undergo a period of self-isolation.

The Ambassador said top medical staff in China, including those in the Army, had been mobilized to carry out research on this new virus and they were hopeful of a breakthrough soon.

Till yesterday the death toll in China from the coronavirus had risen to 600, while 30,000 Chinese citizens were suffering from the infection. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 5

  • Rex Saturday, 08 February 2020 01:28 PM

    Rather than scatter coronavirus- infected people to different hospitals, better to keep them contained at one hospital.

    Jeeves Saturday, 08 February 2020 01:37 PM

    Is sending infected people to DIFFERENT state hospitals a wise move?

    Jeb Abas Saturday, 08 February 2020 03:33 PM

    If the Chinese stop eating bats, snakes, scorpions, dogs, and lizards we will not have this virus in the first place. Now the rest of the world has to suffer. We are so scared of China we haven't even stopped Chinese nationals from coming here.

    Kamala Monday, 10 February 2020 02:59 PM

    Oh shut up. there are more deaths due to dengue per year in Sri Lanka alone. Wear your mask, wash your hands and get a grip.

    sss Saturday, 08 February 2020 06:16 PM

    Good thing about all the periodic viral diseases and contaminated food the sri lankans "enjoy" make their immune system well prepared to face this virus with minimal effects.

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