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Suspected coronavirus cases in SL test negative

All four admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Colombo on suspicion of having contracted the coronavirus have been tested negative.

Two Sri Lankans – a female medical student who had returned to the island from Wuhan and one man – and two Chinese females were admitted to the IDH over the weekend.

Phlegm and blood samples of the four individuals were sent to the Medical Research Institute in Colombo for testing.

The number of people killed in China by the coronavirus has risen to 80, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill.

At least 42 cases have been confirmed abroad, including in Thailand, the United States, and Australia.

There have been no deaths outside China.