ECONOMYNEXT – Navy sailors on home leave have tested positive for the coronavirus in five different localities which had hitherto not seen any patients, as the number of patients found infected hit a new high today April 24.
A government press release said a total of 47 new COVID 19 patients were detected today, 11 are from the Bandaranayake Mawatha area in the Kotehena area of Colombo who were in quarantine taking the total to 415.
Thirty are from the Welisara Navy camp where thirty others were detected yesterday.
Five others are Navy men who were on holiday in their home towns. They were found in Ratnapura Hidilla Kanda area, Kurunegala Polgahawela area, Kurunegala Keeniypola area, Badulla Girandurukotte area and Kandy Dambulla Athabodhiwewa area.
The last patient is a pregnant woman from Maradana in Colombo and admitted to the De Soysa Maternity Home in Colombo, where she reportedly lost her baby.
She has since been admitted to the Mulleriyawa hospital.
This is the biggest surge in patients since the outbreak, surpassing yesterday which saw 38 new patients which included the 30 Navy Sailors.
Travel between districts particularly the areas considered high-risk and the rest of the country has been banned.
These sailors who had gone home to Kurunegala, Kandy, Badulla and Ratnapura had clearly broken the ban. (Colombo, April 24, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana