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COVID positive inmate from Kandakadu nabbed by Army Intelligence near National Hospital – Army

CAPTURD – Elsiyam Nazeem a COVID 19 infected inmate from Kandakadu who escaped from the IDH this morning has been found

ECONOMYNEXT – Army Intelligence officers found and arrested a COVID 19 positive inmate from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation camp who had escaped from the Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo.

The 41 year old man, Elsiyam Nazeem, is a native of Sinnampillaisimei, Vallimalar in Trincomalee, a notice issued by Police this morning said.

Several Intelligence teams as well as Police sleuths were hunting down Nazeem since he escaped in the early hours of this morning, Col.Media Vijith Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext.

Nazeem is “heavily addicted to drugs and is a suspect in various crimes,” Police said.

Some 561 inmates, staff and close associates at the Kandakadu and Senapura rehabilitation camps near Polonnaruwa have contracted the disease.

Nazeem had been admitted to Kandakadu on May 20 and been diagnosed as having COVID 19 on July 7.

Medical staff had dispatched him to Polonnaruwa hospital and from there he had been sent to IDH.

The camp authorities set up a hospital in the same facility to isolate and treat the inmates as it was believed that they could not be moved to regular hospitals as recovering drug addicts they had to be treated separately.

There was also the fear that they would escape from regular hospitals.

However  Nazeem, was transferred to the IDH earlier this week as he had developed symptoms.

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(Colombo, July 24, 2020) Reported by Arjuna Ranawana