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12 Colombo Dockyard workers test positive for COVID-19

Dry docks at Colombo Dockyard, where the firm repairs ships. Colombo Dockyard Photo

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s health officials detected another 12 COVID-19 infection cases in the Colombo Dockyard, a Sri Lankan shipbuilding unit of Japan’s Onomichi Dockyard today (19), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) reports said.

Out of the 12, six stay at the dockyard housing scheme in Bloemendhal Colombo 13, and are residents of Ragama, Matugama, Wananupuwa, Galle,Negambo and Mulatiyana Matara.

Another 20 first-contacts found from the housing scheme were also sent to a quarantine facility in Jaffna, NOCPOC said.

Two COVID-19 patients were found from the dockyard on Saturday (17), who are residents of  Batuwaththa and Kabaragala, Agulugaha. It is not clear how these workers contracted the virus.

Sri Lanka reported 87 confirmed COVID-19 cases by 1700hours today.

According to the 24-hour count published at 0600 hours on 19 October, the number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 2,077 with the new 61 positive cases identified over the previous 24 hours.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Divulapitiya cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 03, within the first week the cluster increased to 1,186 and by October 18 to 2,077, with 1,041 employees and 1,036 close contacts being identified as positive cases.  (Colombo/Oct19/2020)

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