- Random PCR testing ongoing in congested areas in Colombo
- Health officials studying pattern of virus for a possible second wave
- Virus now contained within naval camp and their contacts
By JAMILA HUSAIN
The number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to over 420 yesterday after 18 more patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 538 till last evening, health ministry statistics showed.
An official from the Ministry told Daily Mirror that all those who had recovered and been discharged were told to undergo a mandatory further 14 day quarantine period in their homes and they were being monitored by the public health inspectors of the respective area.
All discharged patients had been told to contact their PHIs immediately if they show any symptoms again and they had to undergo a necessary health check after 14 days. However to date, none of the discharged patients had shown a relapse of the virus.
Meanwhile, the ministry official said random tests for the virus were ongoing in some congested areas in Colombo but all such tests had come in negative in recent days. However, random tests will continue for the next few weeks as most of the patients detected in recent weeks including a majority of the naval sailors had not shown any symptoms of the virus.
The official said the COVID-19 was now contained within the naval forces at the Welisara navy camp and their associates while some people had tested positive from the quarantine camps after returning from overseas. But even within the navy camp, all preventive measures had been taken.Out of the total over 960 patients detected till yesterday evening, 557 were naval sailors and their associates, making this the largest identified cluster in Sri Lanka. The Ministry official said none of the active patients were in intensive care and all were recovering well.
However with some countries experiencing a second wave of the virus, Sri Lanka too is monitoring and studying the coronavirus and is ready if a second wave is to emerge, the senior Ministry official said. “It is difficult to say if a second wave of the virus will emerge in Sri Lanka, as from the beginning Sri Lanka has been handling the situation very differently which is why a community transmission was avoided. However this is a new virus and we are still studying it,” the official said.
Colombo continues with the highest number of patients followed by Gampaha, Puttalam and Kalutara. The Navy Hospital is treating the highest number of patients followed by the IDH and Colombo East Base Hospital.