Twenty children and 12 mothers at the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Borella tested positive for Covid-19, Hospital Director G. Wijesuriya said.
He said that a doctor at the hospital had also tested positive with the virus yesterday.
However, the director said that the doctor had not contracted the virus from the hospital.
The Director said two more doctors who are close contacts of the corona virus positive doctor have also been sent for quarantine.
He assured that there is no need to be unduly afraid to come to the hospital for treatment in this situation and that the medical services are carried out without any hindrance.
“ If any child has an illness, bring them to the hospital before their condition escalates,” he advised.
A spokesman for the Mirigama MOH office said occupants of several houses in the Pallewela area had been subjected to quarantine after a garment employee in the area was tested positive for Covid-19. She had reportedly associated with the family members of the deceased. However, PCR tests had confirmed that none of them were infected with the virus.
The official said a decision on the funeral of the deceased would be taken after a PCR test.