Sri Lanka’s confirms 492 Coronavirus cases in new Covid-19 cluster

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 492 Coronavirus cases in a Covid-19 cluster linked to a drug rehabilitation centre in Kandakadu with 96 persons being confirmed by July 13 morning, while another 10 were foreign returnees, authorities said.

Of those confirmed in the past 24 hours, 76 were from the rehabilitation centre, 14 were close contacts and 06 were from the Rajangana area.

Sri Lanka had confirmed 2,617 Coronavirus cases up 2330 hours on July 12, the Health Ministry said.

The head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service, Anil Jasinghe said the new cluster may be linked to an earlier cluster linked to drug addicts discovered in Suduwella.

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In quarantine centres housing returnees from abroad 10 Sri Lankans were found. Of that 05 were from Belarus, 02 were from Bangladesh, 01 person was from the United Arab Emirates and two were sea marshals who had returned from Iran.

On July 13, 14 persons had returned to Sri Lanka on Qatar Air QR 668 flight from Doha. They were sent to military run Coronavirus centres.

On July 13, 315 persons would be sent home after completing quarantine, taking the total that had completed quarantine to 21,683.

There were 7,105 persons in quarantine centres.

In a cluster linked to the Sri Lanka Navy, a total of 906 had got infected and 895 had recovered. Another 11 were in hospital. (Colombo/July13/2020)