Sri Lanka probing Kuliyapitiya Coronavirus mini-cluster, Covid-19 hit police station to be re-opened

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to re-open a police station in the capital Colombo closed due to Coronavirus positive staffer later on Wednesday while a health official said they were probing the source of a mini cluster in the interior of the island.

Authorities are planning to re-open Fort police station after sanitizing and getting clearance from health authorities, Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said.

Staff from other police unit would be brought to man the station.

The police station was closed after an inspector tested positive. Some traders in market in a nearby had also tested positive.

On October 20, 180 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed taking the total since the Minuwangoda cluster to 2,342. Total in the country had gone up to 5,811.

Meanwhile health officers said they are trying to find the source of a mini-cluster in Kuliyapitiya area, which was independently found by a Covid-19 test on a patient at the Kuliyapitiya hospital.

Several areas in Kuliyapitiya were locked down Tuesday.

Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Shama Attapattu told reporters authorities are investigating to find the source of the mini-cluster which expanded by 14 on Tuesday.

Attapattu said a link to the main cluster in Minuwangoda had not been found by Tuesday and investigations were being done.

The first infected person was independently found by a test conducted by the hospital.

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Then more persons were found as health authorities traced her contacts and found more infected persons linked to a wedding and a Church service she had attended.

Other reports said a person who had gone to a wedding in Kuliyapitiya who had returned to Pannipitiya, suburb of the capital Colombo had also tested positive.

The head of Sri Lanka’s anti-Covid task force, General Shavendra Silva said investigators were probing the possibility of a foreign index case to the Minuwangoda cluster.

He said in addition to foreign returnees, who were under military quarantine there were also Sea Marshalls and Seamen including foreigner who came and went out of the island, which sleuths were looking at. (Colombo/Oct21/2020)

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