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Teacher who gave tuition in the Gampaha area newest COVID 19 victim

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will quarantine around 600 people after a local Teacher in the Gampaha area was tested positive for COVID 19 two days ago, officials said.

The teacher is believed to have the contracted the disease from a driver who had driven an instructor from the virus-hit Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre, health officials in the area were quoted in media as saying.

Up to now, around 150 PCR tests have been conducted on people who have come into contact with the teacher as she had been to school and also conducted tuition classes at home the Public Health Inspector (PHI) in charge of the Gampaha District Subash Subasinghe said.

After the emergence of the Kandakadu cluster in the first week of July, the government closed schools as a precaution against a possible second wave of infections but allowed private tuition classes to continue.

Only senior classes were open and the younger students were to resume schools on August 10 after the elections.

Families of each of the children this teacher came into contact have to be tested and quarantined, Col. Media of the National Centre for the Control of COVID Vijitha Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext.

This could come to around 600 people, he said.

Subasinghe said 52 persons were identified as close contacts from the school and 100 individuals were identified as contacts from the tuition classes.

PCR tests were conducted on the group with all the results returning negative, he added

(Colombo July 21, 2020) Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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