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Cannot predict whether there will be new clusters – Anil Jasinghe

ECONOMYNEXT – The government cannot predict whether there will be new clusters of COVID 19 positive patients emerging although the Health Services are taking all precautions.

Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe is saying that the emergence of fresh community clusters depends on whether the public adheres to the instructions that have been given by the health authorities.

He went on to say that the contact tracing of the Navy sailors who defied government instructions not to leave the high-risk zones and infected people in areas hitherto untouched is “reaching its last stages.”

Neither Jasinghe nor the security forces high command have admitted that the off-duty servicemen broke the rules and went out of the high-risk zone of the Colombo district against all advise and instructions from the government.

Jasinghe is however optimistic that will “not be a major increase in clusters or patients.”

He said that all the at-risk individuals have been identified and quarantined.

The statement comes as the last few days has seen a doubling of the number of COVID 19 patients with the largest number coming from the so-called Welisara navy cluster.

The latest map released by the Epidemiological unit shows the wide distribution of COVID 19 patients throughout the country.

(Colombo, April 28, 2020)

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