Jul 24, 2020

COVID-19 escapee back at IDH (Update)

(Update) - The COVID-19 patient, who escaped the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been readmitted at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The Army had received a tipoff claiming the individual was travelling in a three-wheeler.

Army Media Spokesman Chandana Wickramasinghe said measures have been taken to direct the driver of the three-wheeler to quarantine.

He had escaped through the window in the ward in which he was receiving treatment and fled the hospital premises.

The Police Media Spokesman said persons who provided tip-offs on the COVID-19 patients whereabouts will be recognised and awarded prizes.


(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsradio.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)


(Update - Friday, 24 July 2020 11:01)

Escaped COVID-19 inmate arrested by Army (Update)

A COVID-19 positive inmate, who had escaped from the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) this morning has been arrested.

The wanted drug addict is reported to have been arrested near the Outpatient Department Treatment Unit (OPD) of the Colombo National Hospital.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said the suspect was apprehended by a team of Army officials and will be escorted back to the IDH.


(Update - Friday, 24 July 2020 09:36)

COVID positive inmate from Kandakadu is on the loose after escaping from IDH

Police are seeking public assistance to hunt down a COVID 19 positive inmate from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation camp who has escaped from the Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo.

The 41-year-old man, Elsiyam Nazeem, is a native of Sinnampillaisimei, Vallimalar in Trincomalee, a notice issued by Police this morning said.

Nazeem is described as having an injury to his left leg and walks with a limp, the notice said.

He has escaped from the hospital in the early hours of today, Friday, July 24.

Nazeem is “heavily addicted to drugs and is a suspect in various crimes,” Police said.

Some 561 inmates, staff and close associates at the Kandakadu and Senapura rehabilitation camps near Polonnaruwa have contracted the disease.

The camp authorities set up a hospital in the same facility to isolate and treat the inmates as it was believed that they could not be moved to regular hospitals as recovering drug addicts they had to be treated separately.

There was also the fear that they would escape from regular hospitals.

However, one patient, probably Nazeem, was transferred to the IDH earlier this week as he had developed symptoms.

The Public is asked to call 119 or the following numbers to report any sightings of Nazeem.

0718591017, 0718592290, 0718591864