First confirmed case of Coronavirus reported in Sri Lanka

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The first confirmed case of Coronavirus has been reported in Sri Lanka, as a Chinese national has been tested positive with the mysterious virus, stated the Ministry of Health.

Reportedly, a 47-year old Chinese from Hubei Province in China had been admitted at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in critical condition.

She has been tested positive for the new Coronavirus during treatment, according to Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief Epidemiologist at the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry.

Dr. Samaraweera stated that the woman had arrived as a tourist with another group of travelers and had been screened at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for having a high fever.The rest of the travellers accompanying her had already left the country and the hotels she and her travel companions had stayed at have been identified, he added.

However, the public are urged not panic as measures are currently underway to control the spread of the virus.

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