Infected man had associated with more than 50 people: Minister

28 March 2020 12:08 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Sandun A Jayasekera

Health Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi yesterday expressed her utmost disappointment and anger when the Police and Health authorities detected a 67-year-old COVID-19 infected individual who had dodged quarantine for more than a week and suspected of having infected over 50 other Sri Lankans in the last few days. 

The patient from the East has come back to Sri Lanka after a two week stay in India on March 18 and travelled to many parts of the country and associated with more than 50 other persons.   

“After he realized that he had fever and breathing difficulties, he had gone to a famous private hospital in Colombo where he was diagnosed for viral infection. When he sought inbound treatment, the doctors and private hospital authorities refused and asked him to enter a government hospital. But he had not done so and until last Monday has travelled widely and associated with many people, probably infecting dozens of people,” Minister Wanniarachchi said.   

The action of this man is unacceptable and highly irresponsible. He may have infected several dozens of people by now. It is sad and unfortunate if people behave like this ignoring the facilities provided by then government to protect the people from this viral infection and ignore the advice of health officials, the Police, the Army an the media, she stressed.   
Minister Wanniarachchi said the man who has been admitted to the IDH - Angoda would be charged under the Criminal Procedure code and Quarantine and Prevention of Disease Ordinance.    


  • When he sought inbound treatment, the doctors and private hospital authorities refused


  Comments - 5

  • Laksiri Abeysekera Saturday, 28 March 2020 04:17 PM

    For the benefit and safety of the law-abiding citizens of Sri Lanka, the perpetrators of the curfew and Health Ministry instructions on safe behaviour during this difficult and challenging period MUST be severely dealt with under the quarantine laws of Sri Lanka. Simply giving them warnings will not work. The Government must set an example so that people take the curfew seriously.

    Marcians Peyris Monday, 30 March 2020 08:17 PM

    We agree fully with the above comment. Please Mr. President be strict do not allow them to go free paying money. What kind of a pastor is he? In Italy so many priest and docs. died helping patients. We need action not this money making bogus pastors.

    M.Hakim Usoof from Gampaha Monday, 30 March 2020 10:01 AM

    When infected patients seek treatment from private hospitals, such cases should be reported to the Police by the private hospital authorities for necessary action without letting such patients to seek treatment from a government hospital voluntarily.

    Mahinda Tuesday, 31 March 2020 03:39 AM

    I totally agree with you. There should be a ruling by government authorities to inform the one of covid 19 action team , without allowing a infected person to leave the premises. That hospital should be under scrutiny at this time

    Rohansingh Isaac Saturday, 04 April 2020 09:11 AM

    Dear Sir/Madam Even during this curfew many can be seen loitering around.These people think that they are immune to anything and will be the carriers of these disease.While law abiding citizen are stuck in there homes hoping for an end to this catastrophe.I strongly suggest that you arrest these individuals and make them serve the Sick Covid 19 patients island wide thus giving some space for the Extremely hard working Hospital staff.This news will spread like wild fire hopefully forcing the rest to stay put. They can be utilized to wash toilets and care for the patients and im sure our forces will make sure they dont get out.Well if this doesn't work you can use the lathi ( bullet less weapon) which would automatically cause the individual into self quarantine depending on the treatment rendered.Just like the Virus lathi treatment can be used for the Rich and poor alike. PLEASE ACT FAST TIME IS RUNNING OUT

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