- Nearly 119,000 PCR tests within last 14-days
By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya
Yesterday’s decision to impose quarantine curfew in several parts in the Colombo District was taken after considering the possibility of COVID-19 virus further spreading from those who tested positive from the Peliyagoda Fish Market, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said.
Police curfew was imposed in Mattakkuliya, Modera, Bloemendhal, Grandpass, Wellampitiya and Kotahena police areas yesterday.
The Commander said that the majority of patients among 49 persons who tested positive for the virus at the Peliyagoda fish market on Wednesday were reported from within the Gampaha District.
Accordingly, curfew was imposed in the Gampaha District on Wednesday, he said.
Meanwhile, the Commander said more than 800 individuals, who are contacts of Covid-19 patients of the Peliyagoda Fish Market, have been sent to Quarantine Centres, while a similar number of individuals had been placed under self-quarantine.
He requested all persons who visited the Peliyagoda Fish Market during the past week, to immediately contact the Public Health Inspector (PHI) of the area and that PCR tests would be performed on them.
Another 50 persons had tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, increasing the total number of cases from the Minuwangoda cluster to 2,558. Among them, 22 close contacts of previous patients, another 22 employees at two factories in Katunayake and 6 persons at the Peliyagoda fish market, had tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile Lieutenant General Silva said at least 119,000 PCR tests had been carried out by the Health Ministry within two weeks.