Sri Lanka COVID19 cases jump to 18

The number of people infected with COVID19 in Sri Lanka has jumped to 18, after seven more people quarantined in the Kandakadu centre tested positive Health officials said.

The Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said that all seven new patients are male and had arrived in Sri Lanka from Italy.

Most of the COVID19 positive cases found in Sri Lanka are “made in Italy,” Jasinghe said.

These seven are being treated at the Polonnaruwa hospital.

Two other men who were at the same quarantine centre and had returned from Italy tested positive on Friday.

They are also at the same regional hospital in Polonnaruwa.

Sri Lankan health authorities are still convinced that all the patients are those who contracted the disease while overseas or had contact with someone who had recently returned.

Aggressive measures are now in place to prevent local community transmission with schools and cinemas shut down, religious services curtailed and public gatherings banned.

Police have warned that they have the power to charge people who are infected and are not in quarantine or in isolation. They also warn that those who help the infected to evade quarantine can also be charged.

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