COVID 19: Twenty-nine families quarantined in Jinthupitiya in Colombo after returning Seaman tests positive
ECONOMYNEXT – The Health Authorities are placing more than 150 people in the Jinthupitiya inner-city area of Colombo under quarantine orders after a Sea Marshall who returned last month from India tested positive for COVID 19.
Colonel (Media) Vijitha Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext that the seafarer had tested positive while being quarantined at home.
Director-General of Health Services, Dr Anil Jasinghe said this morning that there is no danger of community transmission from this patient.
He is one of several passengers on a flight that arrived from Vishakapatnam a little over two weeks ago to contract COVID 19.
They were a crew onboard a Crude Oil Tanker MT Maharaja Agrasen which had sailed from Galle to Vishakapatnam in India and then flown back to Colombo at the end of the voyage when a crew change had taken place.
Some of the crew had tested positive at the Katunayake Airport and taken directly to the hospital.
Last night the Information Department said the latest patient had tested positive for COVID 19 while on home quarantine.
The Health Authorities continue to conduct PCR tests on all those on home quarantine as there is a possibility that they develop the disease later.
Officials said that 143 people from 29 families in the densely populated area will be quarantined.
The government statement also said that this latest patient was not a community transmission.
As of last night, the country had confirmed 2,066 Covid-19 cases with 12 new cases found during the day.
Up to the morning of July 02, Sri Lanka had confirmed 7 new cases, involving six foreign returnees and one person linked to the Navy cluster which has produced over 960 infected persons.
Sri Lanka has not had any domestic cases outside of the Navy cluster since April 30.
The latest confirmation is technically a foreign index case, which will require his contacts to be isolated and tested.
“All the security measures that are to be taken in this situation will be taken by the respective parties,” the state information office said.
Though Coronavirus has an incubation period of 14 days some can take longer to develop the disease or have sufficient viral load to trigger a positive test. (Colombo July 3, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana