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Sri Lanka Covid-19 cases top 300 as matured India cluster bring highest daily toll

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s total confirmed Coronavirus cases reached 303 by 1530 hours on April 20, the health ministry said, with more members of a cluster that was discovered during curfew becoming positive.

Sri Lanka confirmed over 30 cases from on April 20, after confirming 17 cases the day earlier.

During Sri Lanka’s month long curfew a symptomatic case turned up on April 15 in hospital from a person who had returned from India on March 12, leaving time for multiple levels of contacts to get the disease and spread to the next one.

Authorities said a key person in the cluster had sewn masks and sold it to a pharmacy. The masks had not been sold. They were confiscated and workers in the pharmacy were also isolated.

Sri Lanka has delayed the lifting of curfew in Colombo to April 27 from April 23 after the new cluster was discovered. Authorities imposed the curfew to discover such cases.

However Sri Lanka still does not test outside of symptomatic index cases discovered leaving a chance for an asymptomatic cluster to form. (Colombo/Apr20/2020)