Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister dies of Covid-19

Web Desk News Agency

24th Aug, 2021. 07:52 pm

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera died on Tuesday after being infected with the Covid-19 virus, local media reported.

Samaraweera had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital in Colombo last week after he contracted the virus.

Local media quoting medical officers said Samaraweera had developed complications and suffered a cardiac arrest.

He succumbed to the virus on Tuesday morning.

Samaraweera, 65, had served as the Foreign Affairs Minister and Finance Minister in previous governments but stepped down from politics last year. At the time, he was a member of the opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya political party.

Sri Lanka is in the midst of a rapid third wave of the Covid-19 which has infected over 390,000 people to date and caused 7,560 deaths.  (Xinhua)


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