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Sri Lanka Coronavirus cases spike by 40 to 460 with contact traced sailors, returnees

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s confirmed Coronavirus cases has spiked 460 persons by April 25, with 40 new persons being discovered by with sailors and several foreign returnees among them a top official said.

Sri Lanka has confirmed a numbers sailors found by contact tracers, and army officer who is married to a Navy officer, Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva told privately owned Derana Television.

Contact tracers had found 10 sailors who have gone on leave and their contacts had been isolated after confirmation.

From the Welisara camp 10 persons were found. There were also two family members of sailors.

Another sailor and her husband who was an army officer were also confirmed.

A number of sailors had got infected in a camp in Welisara after colleagues who were involved in finding and quarantining companions of Coronavirus patient who was a substance abuser.

Sri Lanka follows a practice of denying Coronavirus tests to high risk groups or voluntary tests, and limiting tests to contacts down the line of a symptomatic case that turns up in hospital.

The sailors were found after one person who had gone on leave developed symptoms after going on leave.

The sailor had hitch-hiked on trucks to several locations before becoming symptomatic and going to hospital, authorities said.

There have been calls to sample test high-risk groups including drivers who are involved in transport and also workers of factories and front office personnel after curfews are relaxed.

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From among people taken from Bandanaranaike Pura in Colombo and was quarantined in Kandakadu was found. Three persons who were taken from Puttalam and were in a quarantine centre in Katukeliywawa were also confirmed.

Three persons who returned from Oman were also confirmed. A person who had returned from Maldives was also confirmed.

Sri Lanka has 335 persons in hospital and 118 had recovered. A day earlier the head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service Anil Jasinghe said a baby of a Coronavirus patient had been stillborn.

It is not clear yet why the baby died. Another live baby was born to a Coroanvirus infected monther. (Colombo/Apr26/2020)