57 from Kandakadu test positive for COVID-19

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At least 56 people of the 450 inmates and staff members at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre – East in Kandakadu, tested positive for COVID-19 today, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

He said reports of the PCR tests performed on the rest of them were yet to be received.

An inmate, who was transferred from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre to Welikada Prison tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday (07), following which 315 inmates of the Welikada prison were subjected to PCR tests.

According to PCR reports, none of them tested positive for the virus.

Moreover, Dr. Jasinghe said a female counsellor attached to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre also tested positive for the virus from Marawila today.

She had been subjected to a PCR test at the Marawila Hospital.

Health authorities have launched an operation to identify the contacts of the woman, who tested positive for the virus from Marawila and send them to quarantine process.

The Epidemiology Unit reported 2,153 Covid-19 cases from Sri Lanka upto 6 pm today.

Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera told the Daily Mirror that health authorities expected such kind of cases and added that was why they carried out random PCR tests consistently from the society.

“We are still in the process of identifying risk communities,” he added.

He further said they were yet to identify as to how the person, who tested positive for Covid-19 from the Welikada prison, was diagnosed with the virus.(Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 12

  • BE FAIR Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:00 PM

    This will be 400 tomorrow, small mistake a huge cost indeed

    MirakRajBanda Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:01 PM

    Didn't I say that? I told it will be disclosed only after the election. Just a small correction.

    Noname Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:11 PM

    At least now government should open field hospitals with 100s of beds. Everyone with COVID need to be isolated but only few need to be hospitalized. We need more capacity to isolate people with COVID than hospital beds available. We also need more quarantine centers. We cannot keep people locked out of the country in the middle east any longer. Number of deaths of migrant workers is twice that of COVID deaths in Sri Lanka.

    ANTON Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:18 PM


    nals Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:30 PM

    get ready for another lockdown - stock up!

    SL in Qatar Thursday, 09 July 2020 04:31 PM

    Oversights galore....

    nimtex Thursday, 09 July 2020 05:21 PM

    True picture will not reveal until election ends...

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 09 July 2020 05:46 PM

    Don’t be too pessimistic nor optimistic, think global.

    Middle Class Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:11 PM

    Morning telling no cluster. Evening telling 56 found in one cluster. A high number of positive cases will also be identified just after the election, a lockdown will be initiated and the counting of ballots done during this time. Welcome to Sri Lankan politics.

    FF Thursday, 09 July 2020 09:55 PM


    Dee Friday, 10 July 2020 07:08 AM

    For how long are the people going to be deceived?

    Daniel Friday, 10 July 2020 08:02 AM

    From where did the first infected person get the virus? The authorities were saying there was no virus in the community.

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