First COVID-19 death in Southern Province reported

The first COVID-19 death in the Southern Province was reported from the Akuressa Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Division on Saturday (28), the Southern Province COVID-19 Information Centre based at the Southern Province Governor’s Secretariat announced.

The 70-year-old dead woman was a resident of Amalagoda in Akuressa. The patient had been treated at the Homagama Basic Hospital at the time of her death.

Meanwhile, the Information Centre further affirmed that the total number of COVID-19 patients reported from the Southern Province had increased to 266 cases. Twelve new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday of which three patients are from the Galle district, while 9 patients are from the Matara district. Out of the nine cases reported from Matara, eight were from the Welipitiya MOH Division.

However, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre, 149 virus infected persons in the province have fully recovered to date. Of the patients who have recovered, 95 persons are from the Galle district and 32 and 22 patients are from Matara and Hambantota districts respectively.

Currently, 2519 persons from 1,079 families in the Southern Province are being quarantined.

Moreover, 31,438 persons have undergone PCR medical tests. Under the Government’s initiative of providing provisions for isolated families, 2,948 such families in the province have been provided with a pack of provisions worth Rs.10,000, sources from the COVID-19 Information Centre said. 

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