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Sri Lanka Coronavirus curfew widened to Veyangoda; fever patients in Gampaha urged to Covid test

ECONOMYNEXT – Residents of Gampaha district, bordering Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo showing fever symptoms have been asked to get a Coronavirus test by the island’s health authorities after a Covid-19 patient from the community was confirmed.

Coronavirus curfews imposed in Divulapitiya and Minuwangoda was extended to Veyangoda police area Sunday night.

Acting Director General of Health S Sridharan has asked residents of Gampaha district to with fever symptoms to get an immediate PCR test at the nearest hospital.

Sri Lanka is hunting the source of a new Coronavirus infection after a patient from the community resident in Divulapitiya tested positive at the Gampaha hospital.

The curfew will remain in place until further notice and until the source of the infection is found,” Sri Lanka’s military Chief Shavendra Silva, who heads the anti-Coronavirus task force of the island told reporters.

“Any Sri Lankans who visited these areas in the last few days should be careful. We saw people become careless in recent days.

“We are trying to find the source of the infection. I am confident we can find the source in the near future.”

Sri Lanka has closed schools and pre-schools until further notice and the public has been asked to practice social distancing.

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“Considering the latest developments in the COVID situation in Sri Lanka it is crucial that we embrace the possibility of undetected spread among our communities,” Sri Lanka’s Health Promotion Bureau, the public education unit of the state health service said.

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“It’s time for us to update our good practices that were put to good use during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in SL.”

A 39-year worker in an apparel factory was confirmed with Coronavirus at Gampaha Hospital where staff have also been quarantined.

She was admitted to the hospital on September 30 and was confirmed with the disease on October 03 night on a test conducted before discharge.

General Silva said the patient had travelled to the factory in a company bus. Half of the factory workers were also in quarters and only some workers had travelled daily from home, limiting the potential spread of the disease.

However the infected person was a supervisor and had come into contact with a number of persons.

Her contacts were identified and being quarantined. PCR testing was under way General Silva said.

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Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said health guideline previously issued to businesses and workplaces should be strictly enforced.

Parties and musical shows should be halted for a while she said.

“We saw many people being complacent in recent weeks,” Minister Wanniarachchi said. “The Sri Lankan public followed health guidelines better than the public of many other countries that is why we were able to control the disease.

“So we want public co-operation. Parties and musical shows should be halted for a time.”

“The health ministry will carry out inspections on following health guidelines.”

She said each hospital has been instructed to do at least 10 PCR tests of patients with respiratory diseases or fever.

The patient was identified after Gampaha Hospital carried out a PCR test just as she was to be discharged.

Sri Lanka is among the most successful countries in Controlling Coronavirus, along with nations like Vietnam and Cambodia.

Sri Lanka is finding a Coronavirus patient from the community after a gap of several weeks.
Recent infections have come from foreign returnees.

Up to October 03 evening 3,395 patients had been confirmed in Sri Lanka and 13 persons had died, Sri Lanka’s health ministry said. (Colombo/Oct04/2020)