ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus count has risen to 523 with by 2300hours the health ministry said with more sailors from the Welisara camp becoming confirmed and country under curfew to bring back military personnel on leave and identify contacts, officials said.
An army camp in Seeduwa had also been locked down with an army officer who was married to a navy officer being confirmed with Coronavirus.
Sri Lanka’s Army Chief Shavendra Silva told Sri Lanka’s Derana Television said 63 persons had been confirmed on April 26, with 53 being from the Navy.
Out of the Navy personnel 16 were from inside the Welisara camp and 37 were from outside. Another 05 were from their contacts.
We have indentified military personnel, their family members and also their contacts, de Silva told privately run Derana Television.
General Silva said contact tracers were rapidly identifying the contacts and like in earlier clusters they will be isolated so that the spread is halted.
“We have got inquiring from the public, but there need not be any undue fear,” General Silva said. “Military personnel will not try to hide anything and they will quickly tell whoever they met. So we can quickly identify and isolate them.”
In the Bandaranaike Mawatha cluster, in one person found, from inside a quarantine camp.
In Negombo, contacts of a person who died had died earlier had been confirmed inside a quarantine camp.
Sri Lanka’s cases have surged among Navy personnel amid calls to sample test high risk groups including quarantine workers, drivers of inter-district vehicles, those engaged in food delivery, those in economic centres.
Sri Lanka also has not given a chance for an asymptomatic private citizen to get a test on their own volition through drive in tests like in other countries to encourage community tests. Private hospitals have been banned from giving a test without admitting a person first.
Sri Lanka has now started some sample tests in underserved settlements in Colombo, Director of Health Services Anil Jasinghe said. (Colomob/Apr27/2020)