COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka

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COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka
DiseaseCOVID-19 (coronavirus)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSri Lanka Sri Lanka
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseColombo
Date27 January 2020 – ongoing
(4 years, 2 months and 3 days)
Confirmed cases915[1][2]
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed in Sri Lanka on 27 January 2020, after a 44-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province in China was admitted to the National Institute of Infection Diseases.[3]

As of 13 May 2020, 889 confirmed cases were reported in the country with 9 deaths.[4] On 3 March 2020, the first reported case involving a Sri Lankan origin outside Sri Lanka was reported in Italy.

By 23 March, forty-five quarantine centers had been built in the country by the Sri Lanka Army.[5] Nearly 3,500 people were under quarantine in 45 quarantine centers which also included 31 foreigners from 14 countries.[6]

By 25 March 2020, Sri Lankan authorities tracked down over 14,000 people who had contacted the identified patients and had ordered self-quarantine for such people.[7]

As of 16 April 2020, Sri Lanka was named as 16th high risk country prone to virus pandemic.[8] Sri Lanka was ranked 9th best country in the world for its successful immediate response on tackling the virus.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "COVID-19 Situation Report". Health Promotion Bureau (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. "Epidemiology Unit". Ministry of Health (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  3. "First patient with coronavirus reported in Sri Lanka". Colombo Page. 27 January 2020. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  4. "Daily updated report of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka". Epidemiology Unit. 2020-03-18. Archived from the original on 2020-05-25. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  5. "Establishment of 12 Corona Quarantine Centers Island wide". Hiru News. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  6. "Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew to fight coronavirus pandemic". Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  7. "Sri Lanka, Vietnam in Coronavirus battle to stem the deadly Covid-91 pandemic". 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. "Sri Lanka ranked 16th among high risk countries for COVID – 19". Sri Lanka News – Newsfirst. 2020-04-16. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  9. "SL performs well in fighting Coronavirus & ranked 9 in GRID Index". Sri Lanka News – Newsfirst. 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2020-04-17.