Kandakadu COVID 19 toll rises to 550 with another child from Rajangana infected

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s latest cluster of COVID-19 cases from the Kandakadu drug Rehabilitation and Treatment centre has risen to 550 with the addition of nine more patients, the Presidential Task Force to Curb COVID-19 said.

In a statement released at 0600, the Task Force said 6 of the nine are inmates of the two camps, Senapura and Kandakadu.

The others are from different parts of the country but linked to the camps.

A 12-year old girl, from Rajangana, and two others one from Gampaha and another from Yakkala are either associates or family members of staff working at the camps.

A total of 444 inmates, 64 staff and 42 associates and family members of the staff have tested positive since the outbreak was detected on July 7.

One other Covid positive case was detected yesterday and that is a person currently in quarantine at the Rajagiriya centre, the statement said.

Last night the Director-General Health Services, Dr Anil Jasinghe, said that only the girl at Rajangana had been detected from the whole country and that was an indication that the Kandakadu cluster “is under control.”

The Health Authorities are yet to issue a contact tracing report about how the virus entered the camps.

Jasinghe has said that Kandakadu “was a development of the Suduwella incident.”

Nearly two months ago, the Security Forces were deployed to round up some drug addicts in the Suduwella area, some of whom were found to be COVID-19 positive. (Colombo, July 18, 2020-sb)





Reported by Arjuna Ranawana


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