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Sri Lanka slaps Coronavirus curfew in Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda after Covid-19 patient

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has imposed curfew in Divulapitiya and Minwangoda towns north of the capital Colombo to contain the spread of Coronavirus after a Covid-19 positive patient was found Sunday, the state information office said.

“Police curfew has been imposed in Divulapitiya and Minuwangoda until further notice,” the state information office said.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said schools will be closed from October 05 as the patient came from the community.

Fifty-five people are in isolation including 15 hospital staff after the 39-year-old woman from Divulapitiya town was confirmed with Covid-19 at Gamapaha hospital.

“Health authorities are asking the public to exercise caution,” the state information office said.

“Investigations are underway to find how she got infected.”

Her contacts are being traced and 40 persons from her workplace, a private company, had also been home quarantined. Reports said she was working at an apparel firm.

The patient had been admitted to hospital with fever and was tested for Covid-19 when she before she was to be discharged.

She is now that the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Colombo.

Sri Lanka is finding a Coronavirus patient from the community after a gap of several weeks.

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Recent infections have come from foreign returnees.

Up to October 03 evening 3,395 patients had been confirmed in Sri Lanka and 13 persons had died, Sri Lanka’s health ministry said. (Colombo/Oct04/2020)