- 59-year-old victim had died in Switzerland on March 25
- Two more fully recovered patients treated at the NIID were released yesterday
By Sandun A Jayasekera
The first ever confirmed case of COVID-19 related to the death of a Sri Lankan was reported from Switzerland yesterday while four Sri Lankans being treated at the ICU of the National Institute of Infections Diseases (NIID) at Angoda were in the process of recovery.
The Foreign Relations Ministry announced that the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin had informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities had confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on March 25 had tested positive for COVID-19.
The deceased was from Punkuduthivu in the Northern Province and held residence permit in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports coming from France said a 32 year old Sri Lankan Tamil aged 32 and from Kokuwil, Jaffna has died from the viral infection. The website ‘Jaffna Muslims’ also said the French authorities had refused to hand over the body to relatives of the deceased.
However, Foreign Relations Ministry official, Miss Ruwanthi Delpitiya last afternoon said the Ministry was still checking the veracity of the information and added the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris also was not aware of the reported death of a Sri Lankan in France. Meanwhile, two more fully recovered patients treated at the NIID were released yesterday bringing the number of recovered Sri Lankans from COVID 19 viral infection to 9.
Three COVID 19 infected patients recovered were discharged on Wednesday from the NIID bringing the total number of patients fully recovered to 7 Sri Lankans and one Chinese woman, Director NIID.
Four COVID 19 victims were at the ICU of the NIID in a critical condition yesterday bringing the number of patients at the ICU and a total of 99 COVID 19 patients were in medical care at the country’s premier infections disease hospital. A total of 238 Sri Lankans and 7 foreign nationals were under medical observation for possible viral infection at various hospitals in the country, namely 99 Sri Lankans and 2 foreigners at the NIID, Angoda, 4 Sri Lankans at District Hospital, Polonnaruwa, 8 Sri Lankans and 2 foreigners at National Hospital Colombo, 11 Sri Lankans at the Teaching Hospital, Ragama, 6 Sri Lankans at District Hospital, Negombo, 4 at the Teaching Hospital, Kurunegala, 6 at Teaching Hospital, Ratnapura, 6 at National Hospital Kandy, 12 at Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Galle, 3 each at Teaching Hospital, Batticaloa and District Hospital, Badulla, 2 at Chest Hospital, Welisara, 24 at District Hospital, Welikanda, 14 at District Hospital, Homagama, 6 at District Hospital, Kalutara, and one each at District Hospital, Mulleriyawa, Castle Street Maternity Hospital and Jaffna Teaching Hospital,10 at District Hospital, Hambantota, 3 at District Hospital, Monaragala and 14 at Base Hospital, Homagama.
Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva said 443 Sri Lankans who had a spell of 14 days of quarantine were released yesterday and added a total of 2,866 Sri Lankans had been referred for quarantine at 46 centers by yesterday.
In the global scene, there were 533,015 confirmed cases of COVID 19 infections by late afternoon yesterday with 24,095 deaths in 198 countries. .
Meanwhile, in Mainland China, there were 81,340 patients at hospitals with coronavirus infections by yesterday and the number of deaths rose by 2 from Wednesday’s 3,287 to 3,289.
While, China successfully controlled the deadly viral infection, the disease had spread fast in the US, Iran and in the EU. By yesterday, in worst hit Italy, the number of COVID 19 related deaths rose to an alarming 8,215 from Wednesday’s 7,503 while confirmed infections rose to 80,589.
In Spain, there was a sharp increase of infections from Wednesday’s 49,515 to 56,786 by yesterday. In the US the situation was also extremely precarious with 1,301 deaths while 85,604 under treatment in several states and in the UK there were 578 deaths and the number of confirmed infections rose to 11,658. In Iran, one of the worst hit countries, the death toll was 2,234 and infections had risen to 57,786.
- Two more fully recovered patients treated at the NIID were released yesterday bringing the number of recovered Sri Lankans from COVID 19 viral infection to 9