Welisara Navy COVID 19 “cluster” has yielded 206 patients, as total reaches 596

UNDER LOCKDOWN -File photo of Navy Camp at Welisara

ECONOMYNEXT – The total number of people infected with COVID 19 through the Welisara Navy camp is 206, the Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said.

In a video press release, Jasinghe said 148 COVID 19 positive cases were detected inside the camp and 45 outside it who were sailors who were on leave.

“The fact that the majority are inside the camp and not outside is a positive factor,” Jasinghe said.

Five out of the 8 new patients detected as having COVID 19 today were also from the Welisara navy camp bringing the total to the highest number from a single cluster of patients.

The total number of COVID 19 patients since the outbreak now number 596.

Army Commander Lt Gen Shavindra Silva said that the families and close associates of the Navy men who went on leave in the past few days and tested positive for the virus have been traced.

He added that these persons are now being collected to be transported to quarantine centres.

Jasinghe also said that the department conducted a record 1,553 PCR tests throughout the day today with the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital being the newest of the major health institutions to join the process.

Jasinghe said that there are 447 COVID 19 positive cases in the government hospitals at present. They are being treated at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Welikanda hospital, Colombo East hospital, Iranawila hospital, Kathankudy hospital, a small number at the Minuwangoda hospital, and at the Naval Hospital in Welisara.

Silva said that 164 Sri Lankan students studying in India have arrived in Colombo from Bangalore in India and are being taken to quarantine centres.

He added that 77 people who were in quarantine were released today. Since the quarantine process began 4,526 persons have gone through quarantine in centres run by the Sri Lanka Army. (Colombo, April 28, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana