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Sri Lanka records first COVID-19 fatality

Rae Munavvar
29 March 2020, MVT 12:15
Nurses wearing facemasks cross a road as they push a trolley filled with leaflets outside the entrance of Sri Lanka's Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo on March 17, 2020. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)
Rae Munavvar
29 March 2020, MVT 12:15

The Sri Lankan government on Saturday, confirmed the death of the second Sri Lankan who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the country's first fatality to be caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Early Sunday, the SriLankan newspaper 'Daily Mirror' reported that the victim's body was cremated under tight security and under international health specifications at the Kotikawatta crematorium.

According to the News First outlet in Sri Lanka, the patient, Elangampedige Dharmasiri Janananda, was a 60-year old resident of Marawila. Janananda died while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the IDH Hospital in Angoda.

According to statistics revealed by Sri Lanka's Epidemiology Unit, the deceased tested positive on March 12, had 17 contact points.

Thus far, Sri Lanka has 110 confirmed cases of COVID–19, with nine recoveries and 199 suspected cases placed under medical observation.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 664, 000 people and claimed over 30,800 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 142, 000 people have recovered.

In the neighbouring Maldives, there are now 17 confirmed and six active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 11 recoveries. While there are two confirmed cases of Maldivians, no local to local transmissions are recorded. Currently, 20 people are placed in isolation facilities, while 824 are in quarantine facilities.

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