A Sri Lankan residing in Switzerland has died after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19), says the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
“The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin has informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities have confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on 25 March had tested positive for COVID-19.”
“The deceased was from Punkuduthivu in Northern Province and held residence permit in Switzerland,” the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He is the first Sri Lankan national to succumb to the deadly virus that has claimed the lives of more than 24,000 globally.
Switzerland has identified a total of 11,811 positive cases and 192 individuals have died of coronavirus complications.
According to reports, 199 countries and territories across the world have reported a total of 532,255 confirmed COVID-19 cases.