Corona virus and healthcare in Sri Lanka

Healthcare in Sri Lanka

Healthcare in Sri Lanka is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Sri Lanka is 73.4 years for men and 80.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 4.1 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Sri Lanka

Currently: 0.6 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Sri Lanka are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By October 20th, 2020, 5625 infected persons and 13 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on January 28th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on October 7th with 519 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Sri Lanka
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Sri Lanka

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Sri Lanka results in a mortality rate of 0.2%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 4,488 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Sri Lanka a new mortality rate of 0.3%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Tue 20th87+1.6%0+0.0%
Mon 19th63+1.2%0+0.0%
Sun 18th121+2.3%0+0.0%
Sat 17th110+2.1%0+0.0%
Fri 16th74+1.4%0+0.0%
Thu 15th132+2.6%0+0.0%
Wed 14th194+4.0%0+0.0%
Tue 13th92+1.9%0+0.0%
Mon 12th124+2.7%0+0.0%
Sun 11th105+2.3%0+0.0%

Weight and size

Body height165 cm154 cm
Weight61.3 kg56.2 kg


Sri LankaØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.70%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.00%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

Sri LankaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.09%
DTP *9.90%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Sri Lanka, 13.0% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
16 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Sri Lanka is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 3.6 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 20,900 physicians in Sri Lanka, there are about 0.96 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).