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Sri Lanka locksdown four villages in Matugama after Covid-19 mini-cluster, 61 new Coronavirus cases

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has locked down four areas in Matugama as a mini-cluster of infections were found while the total infections with 61 new confirmed cases being found on October 18, authorities said.

The total confirmed in the current cluster had gone up to 2,075.

Ovitigala, Badugama, Badugma Nawa Janapadaya in the Matugama Divisional Secretariat had been isolated after 17 patients were confirmed, the Sri Lanka’s Covid control centre said.

Reports said the confirmed persons included a monk and four student monks.

In Negombo a shopping complex had been shutdown after a trader and his wife were confirmed.

A nurse at a Hirdramani group apparel factory in Kahathuduwa was also confirmed. Authorities said 200 PCR samples were taken.

Three family members of an NDB Branch worker was also confirmed in Arauwala, Pannnipitiya.

Wards 33, 60 and 03 at the National Hospital in Colombo was closed after a patient from Ja-Ela who was treated there had been confirmed with Covid-19.

In Gampola, a carpenter was confirmed with Coronavirus. He had worked at a temple in Veyangoda, an area which is now under Coronavirus curfew, reports said.

The government will pay an 5000 rupees to each family in areas under Coronavirus curfew.

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In Kuliyapitiya several villages had been locked down after confirmed patients who had attended a Church service had been found.

(Colombo/Oct18/2020)