A patient, who had been receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital on the suspicion of having contracted COVID-19, has escaped from the hospital, Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana stated.
Reportedly, the escaped patient is an older male residing in the Peliyagoda area.
A photograph of the patient was released to the media by police a short while ago.
DIG Ajith Rohana emphasized that legal action will be taken under criminal and quarantine laws against those who conceal information related to COVID-19.
Action will also be taken against persons who attempt to hide away persons with COVID-19 symptoms as well, he said.
Any house, building or immovable property where COVID-19 patients are found hiding will be confiscated, he added.