ECONOMYNEXT – The Welisara naval base has been declared isolated, with the entire camp closed off to the world outside, Navy Spokesman Lt Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara told EconomyNext.
The navy took this decision after 30 sailors tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday (22), including the sailor who tested positive in Polonnaruwa.
Sooriyabandara said the navy started contact tracing early yesterday in the Welisara camp to which the sailor detected from Polonnaruwa was attached.
The navy has also taken steps for inter-division isolation in the camp as inhabitants are widely dispersed in the vast area of land it occupies.
Navy personnel within the base will be quarantined as per health ministry guidelines, and any identified contacts will be sent for PCR testing, the spokesman said.
Since personnel are normally released for leave from the camp in batches, the entire batch to which the Polonnaruwa sailor belonged to was brought back to the camp through navy transport in order to carry out PCR testing, he added. This was because they were identified as individuals with a positive contact history with the sailor.
Families of those recalled navy personnel were sent to quarantine after coordinating with relevant health officials in those areas, he said. (Colombo/Apr24/2020)