Two suspected cases of coronavirus in SL

Two including a Chinese woman has been admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Colombo on suspicion of having contracted the coronavirus.

Phlegm and blood samples of the two individuals have been directed to the Medical Research Institute in Colombo for testing.

The virus has killed at least 41 people and infected almost 1,300 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan.

The virus has spread to Europe, with three cases confirmed in France.

The cases largely involve people who had recently travelled from the affected region in China.

China’s neighbours in the Asia region are on high alert, however, with cases reported in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea and Nepal.

There are also cases in the United States.