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Sri Lanka urged to follow Covid-19 rules as new Coronavirus cluster tops 500, Rajangana areas locked

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has limited movement in three areas in Rajanganaya in Anuradhapura and is tracing and quarantining contacts and staff of a drug rehabilitation centre, officials said, as the public was urged to follow social distancing.

“The main message we can give is to strictly follow health regulations and social distancing,” the head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service Anil Jasinghe said.

“We can see that that there is some relaxation. At the moment there is no country-wide spread but it is mainly in Rajangana and Welikanda.”

Jasinghe said a large number of staff and contacts are being rounded up from many areas but not all were confirmed.

Movement had been controlled in Rajangana track 01, track 03 and track 05 areas after a rehabilitation centre counselor had gone home and then attended a funeral of a family member, Sri Lanka’s military chief General Shavendra Silva said. His child had also attended a school.

Up to July 14, 519 persons had been confirmed in the new Coronavirus cluster linked to a drug rehabilitation centre in Kandakadu General Silva told Sri Lanka’s Derana television.

Of that 440 were inmates of the Kandakadu drug rehabilitation centre, there were about 60 staff and 16 persons linked to Rajangana he said.

About 800 persons including 400 from Welikada prison was in quarantine and others were in home quarantine he said.

General Silva said Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Inspectors were rounding contacts of staff who had gone home, some police officers.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 2,646 Coronavirus cases with 29 being confirmed up to 2200 hours on July 13, the Health Ministry. (Colombo/July14/2020 – Update II)

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