No Sri Lankan in Italy died of coronavirus – Embassy
March 26, 2020 12:09 pm
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome has confirmed that no Sri Lankan in Italy has succumbed to Coronavirus (Covid-19).
It was reported yesterday (25) that a 70-year-old Sri Lankan had died in Messina, the harbour city in northeast Sicily. Speculations were rife that this individual died of coronavirus complications.
However, the Embassy in Rome confirmed that no such death was reported.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Relations has stated that Italian hospitals are yet to confirm if Sri Lankans in Italy have contracted the virus. The ministry stated this speaking to Ada Derana on the reports that 8 Sri Lankans in Italy were hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
Meanwhile, it is reported that around 40-50 Sri Lankans in Italy are currently in self-isolation.
According to foreign media reports, the death toll in Italy has swept past to 7,503 with 683 new deaths.
A total of 74,386 cases have been identified in Italy, out of which 9,362 have recovered following treatment.