13 March 2020
At least six people have been arrested by Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force earlier today after locals protested against the transfer of a patient suspected of having coronavirus to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital.
The 47-year-old patient had reportedly been staying at a hotel in Colombo with tourists from China before he fell unwell and was receiving treatment at Kaluvanchikudy before he required a transfer to the main teaching hospital.
Sri Lankan security forces stepped up their presence in the already heavily militarised town following the protest.
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