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Sri Lanka finds 15 Coronavirus patients from quarantine, Covid-count 269

CONTACT TRACING: Sri Lanka police using water cannot to help some people wash at a high risk area in the capital Colombo to be taken to a safer location.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka confirmed 15 new novel coronavirus patients by late afternoon April 19, taking the total count to 269, from contacts traced and quarantined, the state information office said.

All the patients were placed in quarantine from the Colombo area due to closely associating with infected persons, the statement quoted the head of Sri Lanka’s health service Dr. Anil Jasinghe as saying.

The government found a new patient in Kotahena earlier this week, who had returned from India on March 12, long before the island closed for foreign arrivals on March 19.

A day earlier Sri Lanka also found additional contacts from a person in Suduwella Ja-Ela, who had no known link to a foreigner.

The longer a patient remains undiscovered the longer he has to meet contacts and his contacts to meet more contacts.

Sri Lanka slapped curfews to stop any infected persons who were outside of the discovered clusters to develop the disease or recover.

Sri Lanka is relaxing curfews next week except at night in risk areas where more persons had been found.

On April 18, 10 persons were confirmed.

Three were from the Suduwella cluster. The fourth was a lady who was a contact of an employee of the Colombo airport.

Another six were found among the people taken to a Navy quarantine camp in Welisara from Colombo, who were also connected to the Suduwella cluster.

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“This Suduwella person was dependent on a substance. So we took some people from Bandaranaike Mawatha in Kotahena. The six were from that group. That is 10 persons.

“We have taken people from the third level.” (Colombo/Apr20/2020-sb)

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