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Two-year-old child of Kandakadu staff member among COVID 19 infected patients as cluster total hits 533

ECONOMYNEXT – A two-year-old child of a staff member at the Kandakadu Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre is among nine new COVID 19 patients detected as of 6 am today officials said.

A statement released by the Task Force to Prevent COVID 19 said that the other eight positive cases are returning migrant workers from the Middle-East.

The total number of cases reported from within the Kandakadu and Senapura Rehabilitation centres, as well as those infected by staff members who travelled home, is now 533.

Of them 444 are inmates of the two camps, 64 are staff members and 25 their family members and associates.

The sick inmates are being treated at a hospital created inside the camp.

This makes the Kandakadu cluster the second biggest in the country after the Navy Cluster that yielded more than 960 cases.

Up to now, there is no clear statement from the Health Authorities as to how inmates at the two camps became infected by the virus.

The Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe says the spread was “a development of the Suduwella cluster.”

The cluster he refers to is a group of drug addicts who had become infected some months ago.

The government quarantined hundreds of persons who had come into contact with staff and volunteers including military personnel who had worked at Kandakadu.

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Officials believe the inmates became infected from addicts who had been transferred after a two-week quarantine.

Result of 395 tests done on contacts in Rajangana in Anuradhapura, where a number of persons had become infected from a staffer on leave are negative Jasinghe said. (Colombo, July 16, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana