Sri Lanka confirms 541 Covid-19 cases, 499 from community as cases surge

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 541 cases on October 26, taking the total to 8,412 with most of them coming from the community and the country abandoned institutionalized quarantine.

Of the days total 499 came from the community and 42 came from quarantine centres, data released by the state information office showed.

Sri Lanka’s army chief Shavendra Silva said first contacts of confirmed patients would no longer be quarantined in centres.

“Until today all first contacts of a confirmed patient was taken to a quarantine centre,” General Silva said.

“But in the future, the first contacts will be home quarantined. When home quarantining we hope that they will stay at home and engage in quarantine. We expect they will not go out, and be a threat to their neighbhours or society.”

“We appeal to everyone to stay at home and engage in quarantine.”

Sri Lanka has about 8,500 persons in quarantine.

The head of Sri Lanka’s Public Health Inspectors Union said his members and intelligence officers were stretched as they struggled to cope with the rising numbers.

Sri Lanka’s Government Medical Officer Union warned that community transmission was imminent and called for border restrictions in five districts. (Colombo/Oct26/2020)

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