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Sri Lanka to ramp down repatriations as Kuwait Coronavirus infections climb

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is likely to slow the pace of repatriating overseas citizens for a time as Coronavirus infections among returnees climb and authorities are still dealing with Covid-19 patients from the Navy, a top official said.

“The government may take a decision to slow the pace of arrivals,” Anil Jasinghe, the head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service told privately owned Derana Television.

“Recently flights were arriving almost once a day. We are still dealing with Navy infections, so a decision may be taken to create a gap.”

Sri Lanka reported 28 new Covid-19 infections on May 24, with 23 Kuwait returnees at a quarantine centre in Minneriya and another 5 from a centre in Trincomalee being confirmed.

Over the two weeks from May 11 to May 24 patients treated in hospital had jumped to from 343 to 458.

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry reported 1141 infections by 2355hours on May 24. So far 674 had recovered and 9 persons had died.

Jasinghe said 73 persons who had returned from Kuwait and Indonesia had so far been confirmed.

“There are some more PCR tests to be done, so we may get some more infections,” he said.

The state information office said 1998 tests were done on May 23 and 21 patients were identified.

Sri Lanka is now also doing tests in the community among high risk persons to find asymptomatic persons. Sri Lanka had severe control against testing asymptomatic persons. (Colombo/May25/2020)

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