ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus count reached 210 on April 12, with 7 new persons being confirmed as officials ramped up testing of contacts in quarantine in a bid to stop community transmission of Covid-19.
By April 12, 58 infected persons had recovered.
The seven new confirmed cases were from people already in quarantine centres, the head of Sri Lanka’s health service Anil Jasinghe said.
On Saturday 208 samples were taken from the Punani quarantine centre, the head of Sri Lanka’s health service Jasinghe said said on Sunday morning, which was the highest from a single location.
From Colombo 63 samples were taken, from Colombo 06, Amparai 10, Gampaha 06, Jaffna 03, where results were expected on Sunday.
Tests of 58 persons who had contact with a gem merchant in Ratnapura had been negative.
Jasinghe said while testing had been ramped up, the number of new cases had not been going up.
Almost all of the confirmed cases up to Saturday had been those connected to confirmed cases.
Sri Lanka said Universities would be opened in stages from May 04 for academic and non-academic staff being asked to report for work.
On May 11 final year students would be asked to come. All students are to come on May 18.
The April holidays for schools and been extended till May 10.
Sri Lanka has been aggressively testing and tracing contacts like Korea and Vietnam.