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Take measures to protect patients with non-communicable diseases from COVID: Prez

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized that special attention should be paid to protect the patients with non-communicable diseases from COVID-19 virus.

The President’s Media Division said medical experts have pointed out that 93% of the COVID deaths reported in past few days in Sri Lanka, as well as in other countries were due to the infection by coronavirus of people suffering from non-communicable diseases.

People with heart ailments, diabetes, kidney failure and cancer are more vulnerable to the virus.

Most of the deaths have occurred without showing symptoms of COVID-19 and subsequent PCR tests confirmed that they were COVID infected.

The President has directed relevant parties to give priority to address this situation and disseminate applicable guidelines and conduct awareness campaigns to protect those suffering from non-communicable diseases from any viral infections.