Coronavirus death toll in Sri Lanka crosses the 1000 mark

Sri Lanka’s novel coronavirus death toll crossed the grim milestone of 1,000 today (May 18), as the Director-General of Health Services confirmed 34 new victims.

This is reportedly the highest number of fatalities the country registered in a single day following the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

As per official data, Sri Lanka has witnessed as many as 1,015 deaths from the COVID-19 so far.

Among the deceased is a youth aged 20 years from Ratnapura area who died of acute COVID pneumonia.

Further, a 32-year-old female from Dematagoda area succumbed to COVID pneumonia, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, thrombophilia and hypothyroidism while a 38-year-old female from Ragama area fell victim to acute COVID pneumonia and diabetes.

According to the Department of Government Information, the remaining 31 victims were over the age of 50.