863 visitors to Peliyagoda fish market sent to quarantine centres: NOCPOC

ECONOMYNEXT – Up to 863 people who have been to the Peliyagoda fish market, where a sub-cluster of COVID-19 patients were identified, have been directed to military-run quarantine centres, officials said.

The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said in a statement today that of these 863 individuals, 180 were directed to the Diyatalawa quarantine center, 150 to the Kundasale quarantine centre, 192 to the Batticalao campus quarantine centre, 85 to the Sri Lanka Airforce camp quarantine centre in Palali, Jaffna, 110 to Periyakadu quarantine centre and 68 to another quarantine centre run by the Sri Lanka Army.

Health authorities confirmed 49 new COVID-19 cases at Sri Lanka’s largest fish market in Peliyagoda yesterday, prompting the market’s closure to contain the spread of the virus.

It is still not clear how the fish vendors contracted the virus. The COVID-19 task force is probing the matter, officials said.

The Peliyagoda fish market is a mini hub where a large number of wholesalers and vendors trade. An outbreak in the market could result in a wider spread.

Lankan health officials identified 167new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today.

Of the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 5,977. Some 356 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 2,463 active cases. (Colombo/Oct22/2020)

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