The Director-General of Health Services confirmed that seven more people who had been infected with COVID-19 had succumbed to the virus.
According to the Ministry of Government Information, the total lives claimed by the outbreak of the virus in Sri Lanka are now 297.
- One of the victims had been identified as an 86-year-old from Colombo 06. He died on 26 January when he was admitted to the Iththepana District Hospital. The cause of death was cited as diabetes and high blood pressure exacerbated by infection with COVID-19.
- Another man, aged 73, meanwhile fell victim to the virus today (January 28) at his home in Nittambuwa area. COVID-19 infection, heart attack, diabetes and high blood pressure have been recorded as the cause of death.
- In addition, a 76-year-old woman from Gallela, Ratnapura, died of heart disease, blood poisoning and COVID-19 pneumonia. At the time of her passing today, she was under medical care at Ratnapura Teaching Hospital (January 28).
- A 61-year-old man who was residing in Colombo 13 meanwhile died yesterday (January 27). He had been transferred from Colombo National Hospital to Mulleriyawa Base Hospital after testing positive for the virus. The cause of death was recorded as severe COVID-19 pneumonia and heart failure.
- As per reports, an inmate of Colombo Prison, aged 61, has succumbed to the virus on January 16. He had been transferred from Prison Hospital to Colombo National Hospital after testing positive for the virus. The cause of death was cited as COVID-19 pneumonia, heart attack and diabetes.
- The sixth victim was identified as a 67-year-old woman from Colombo 06 area. She had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo where she passed away on January 24. She was reportedly suffering from asthma exacerbated by COVID-19 pneumonia.
- In the meantime, a 62-year-old man from Enderamulla died on 21 January when he was admitted to Colombo National Hospital. The cause of death has been recorded as kidney disease and COVID-19 pneumonia.