The cancer ward of the Badulla General Hospital has been closed after 29 persons including a doctor contracted COVID-19 virus.
Accordingly, the total number of cases identified in the cancer ward increased to 34.
PCR tests were done on a group of patients and ward staff after a member of the nursing staff contracted the virus previously.
According to the PCR results, 22 patients, seven patient-care assistants, two junior staff members, two nurses and a female doctor were among the infected.
Accordingly, the cancer ward of the Hospital has been temporarily closed and steps are being taken to control the virus spread and the staff members have been directed to self-quarantine at their residences.