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Sri Lanka Coronavirus cases spike to 1182 on Kuwait returnees, one death

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus cases spiked to 1182 by 1900 hours on May 25 from 1141 a day earlier the health ministry said, while one returnee from Kuwait died, taking the total deaths to 10.

By late afternoon on May 25, all cases confirmed were from quarantine centres in Trincomalee and Minneriya who had returned from Kuwait, the state information office said.

By May 25 patients treated for Coronavirus in hospitals had spiked to 477 from a little over 300 two weeks earlier.

The head of Sri Lanka’s health service Anil Jasinghe had said that the government would slow the pace of repatriation to help cope with the spike in cases.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said it is finding accommodation for passengers who were on a cancelled flight from Kuwait.

Sri Lanka is relaxing curfews in Colombo and Gampaha from May 26 but buses from other areas will stop just outside of two districts.

Sri Lanka has been making strong progress in fighting Coronavirus actively contract tracing and quarantining domestic clusters that developed from returnees who arrived before May 19.

The last cluster relates to a Navy base which grew at a time when tests were not done on frontline workers. (Colombo/May26/2020)