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First quarantined persons to be released as COVID19 total rises to 95

Army Chief Lt Gen Shavendra Silva

Sri Lanka’s total number of confirmed COVID19 cases climbed to 95, Monday with ten new cases being found since Sunday evening, officials said.

Director-General Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe says that four new patients found last night and among them is a woman from Pakistan whose daughter had already been diagnosed as positive and the father of a tour guide who had been in self-quarantine.

Today another five patients have been discovered. He gave no further details of these patients.

Jasinghe also announced that from Monday the Homagama hospital has been made a specialized hospital to admit patients who are under observation for COVID19.

This hospital also has a facility for quarantine for people whose houses are too small to comfortably self-quarantine.

In the Kalutara area we have found eleven patients and those who live in this area although the curfew has been lifted must make sure that they keep social space, Jasinghe advised.

Sri Lanka will release some 350 people who were first to be quarantined for 14 days in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic on Tuesday the government announced.

Army Chief Shavendra Silva who is heading the government’s Task Force on COVID19 said there are 3,518 people quarantined in 45 centres and out of them 31 have been diagnosed as having the virus.

“These people have not been ill and we have released them from quarantine but we have advised them to maintain safe procedures,” Silva said.

“We saw today that in the areas where the curfew was lifted people were following the guidelines that were given to them to keep personal space and not crowd the supermarkets,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the people of Colombo and the other districts that are having the curfew lifted tomorrow will also behave in the same way.”

In Jaffna and the north, we have been able to identify most of the people who attended the service in the Philadelphia church in Ariyalai conducted by the pastor who is infected. Only one person has been found to have COVID19. We are asking everybody who attended that event to self-quarantine as a precaution, Silva said