Coronavirus: Infections Up in Sri Lanka, Malaysia

  • Seven people have been admitted to the Teaching Hospital in Polonnaruwa for their treatment of the coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Information.
  • The government of Sri Lanka has announced Monday as a government, banking and commercial holiday.
  • Malaysia has confirmed 190 cases of coronavirus overnight.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Director of Sri Lanka’s health service, said that as of Monday, the number of people detected with coronavirus infections reached 22. The Ministry of Information confirmed the news, and released it through a statement. Seven people who had come from Italy and were monitored at the Kandakadu Epidemiology Center in Polonnaruwa were positive with infections.

A New Coronavirus Infection has been Confirmed

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Seven people have been admitted to the Teaching Hospital in Polonnaruwa for their treatment of the coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Information.

Visitors from Italy, South Korea, and Iran were sent to the Coronavirus epidemiological centers set up in several areas from the last 10 days for 14 days of observation. It has been confirmed that many of those sent from Italy had contracted coronavirus infections.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva says that about 1,700 people are being kept at these stations. In addition, 133 people are being hospitalized and monitored for suspected coronavirus infection. All except the health authorities and the security forces have been granted leave by the government.

The government of Sri Lanka has announced Monday as a government, banking and commercial holiday. Although holidays have been announced, the government states that businessmen can carry on their business as usual. The Minister in charge of the matter, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, said that the institutions that provide essential services to the public will function as usual.

The announcement comes amid rising coronavirus infections. The government has now taken steps to curb the spread of coronavirus. Academic institutions, including schools and universities, have already declared holidays. Cinemas and theaters have been closed until further notice. Similarly, their respective religious leaders have urged the people to refrain from going to religious services.

At Least 190 Overnight in Malaysia

Malaysia has confirmed 190 cases of coronavirus overnight. The total number of infections in the country has increased to 428, according to the country’s health ministry. Subsequently, measures to curb the spread of viral infections throughout the country have been stepped up. Further investigations and surveillance of suspects have intensified.

Malaysian Health Minister Adham Baba said most of those who were diagnosed with the disease today had attended a religious event in Kuala Lumpur recently. He noted that with thousands of Malaysians participating in the event, the identification process was ongoing. A Bruneian man who participated in the religious ceremony has been diagnosed with coronavirus infection. The Malaysian Ministry of Health was informed about him.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

“We urge those attending the religious event to volunteer themselves for a medical check-up and contact the nearest District Health Office immediately to receive appropriate guidance. Everyone who participates in the religious event needs to be under 14 days of medical supervision.”

Among 428 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Malaysia, nine have been admitted to the ICU. They are being given artificial respiration. It has been reported that 42 of those who were treated for coronavirus infection have fully recovered.

The Ministry of Health has asked the public not to spread false and false information about the infection. At the same time, the government has advised people to share information on the full recovery of the infection.

Special Advisory Meeting Chaired by Prime Minister

The sudden increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus has caused concern among Malaysians. A special advisory meeting will be held tomorrow under the chairmanship of Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on the situation.

Speaking to reporters today, Health Minister Adham Baba said that the Minister of Defense will be present at this special meeting.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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