Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera passes away

Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera has passed away at the age of 65 while receiving treatment for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Colombo.

Samaraweera contracted the virus earlier this month and was receiving intensive care unit (ICU) treatment at the Lanka Hospital, despite being fully vaccinated.

“@MangalaLK is afflicted with COVID pneumonia and related complications, having contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated,” Asitha Rajapaksa, his former media secretary had tweeted on August 16.

When unconfirmed reports surfaced last week that Samaraweera passed, sources close to him said he was in fact on the mend and was responding well to treatment. 

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