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Twenty new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka today, bringing the total up to 440

Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe

ECONOMYNEXT – Twenty new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sri Lanka today, moving the total up to 440, the Ministry of Health said.

  • Health Services Director General Dr Anil Jasinghe speaking earlier in the evening broke down 13 of today’s cases as follows:
  • Seven from Bandaranaikepura quarantined in Kandakadu
  • A 12-year-old boy also from Bandaranaikepura
  • Four sailors from the Welisara naval base
  • One sailor receiving treatment at the Monaragala hospital

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 presidential task force director Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said 2,910 people are currently in quarantine. Some 4,485 have completed their quarantine and sent home. Of these, 156 were sent home yesterday and today.

Meanwhile, a group of Sri Lankan students in India were flown to the country today aboard a SriLankan Airlines flight and sent immediately to a quarantine facility run by the army.

Silva said the quarantine centre at Zahira College was disinfected and returned to the school, following the competition of quarantine of its 82 inhabitants.

Jasinghe told reporters not to be alarmed by the number of cases reported out of the Welisara navy camp as it is a more “disciplined and organised group of people” than others.

“We should be able to bring the situation under control,” he said.

Almost all of the patients who had gone home on leave have been recalled and contact tracing is underway, he added.

“In the clusters identified in Beruwala, Atalugama, Puttalm, Akrurana, Jaffna, Negombo and Ratnapura, many patients were reported earlier. A lot in some, but no more cases have been reported in those clusters,” said Jasinghe.

“Even though the number has increased, we hope to keep the situation under control to the best of our strength,” he added. (Colombo/Apr25/2020)

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