Another Sri Lankan has tested positive for COVID-19 marking the 11th case in Sri Lanka, Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe confirmed.
The patient is a 45-year-old male who is revealed to have been a travel companion of the other Sri Lankan male with coronavirus who had arrived from Germany.
The confirmed patient is currently receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Angoda.
On Tuesday (10), the first Sri Lankan coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country was identified. This patient turned out to be a 52-year-old tour guide who had worked with a group of Italian tourists. He is receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH).
Two days later, it was reported that a second individual, who had stayed with the aforementioned tour guide, was tested positive for coronavirus.
Subsequently, three more cases were reported yesterday (13), bringing the total number of Covid-19-infected persons in the country to five. One of them is a 41-year-old Sri Lankan male who had arrived from Germany. He is admitted to the IDH Hospital.
The other two patients are from the group of people who were quarantined at the facility in Kandakadu.
One of them is a 37-year-old who had arrived from Italy and he is currently being treated at the Polonnaruwa Hospital. The other is a 43-year-old male who also arrived from Italy. He is being treated at IDH.
Earlier today, Dr. Jasinghe announced three more confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.
One is a 44-year-old from the quarantine facility at Kandakadu and he is currently receiving treatment at the District General Hospital in Polonnaruwa, according to Dr. Jasinghe. The other patient, aged 43, is from Nattandiya and he was not identified at a quarantine facility, Dr. Jasinghe had said. He is reportedly receiving treatment at the Provincial General Hospital in Kurunegala.
The 42-year-old eighth patient was identified at the quarantine centre in Kandakadu and is currently receiving treatment at Polonnaruwa Hospital. These three patients had returned from Italy.
On March 14, a 56-year-old woman returning from Italy and a 17-year-old girl who is a relative of a coronavirus-positive patient, were diagnosed with the virus.