Reports on Journalist contracting Coronavirus through Thondaman’s Funeral are False (VIDEO)

Reports on Journalist contracting Coronavirus through Thondaman’s Funeral are False (VIDEO)

3 June 2020 07:50 pm

The news report surfaced on media today (03) suggesting that a journalist who had covered the funeral of Mr. Arumugam Thondaman, the leader of Ceylon Labour Congress, and two of his close associates had sustained symptoms resembling coronavirus is false, chief of Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry Scientist Sudath Samaraweera emphasised. 

The journalist is also our Hatton reporter, and had obtained medication from Dikoya Hospital due to a respiratory infection. He has been referred to a PCR test as part of the routine procedure referred to every patient admitted to hospitals on respiratory infections. 

Reports had claimed that two of his close associates were referred to quarantine, and our journalist told us that they have been released from the quarantine procedure and allowed to act in normalcy.

Further commenting on the incident, Mr. Samaraweera said that our journalist was referred to the PCR test not on the basis that he had sustained Corona resembling symptoms, but for he had been suffering from a respiratory infection. 

Should have he sustained any symptom resembling the infection, he would have been immediately referred to medical supervision, he added. 

Our correspondent was referred to the Public Health Inspectors for treatment at the Dikoya Hospital, and is in good health, we point out.