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Army chief, DGHS say collective effort helped curtail COVID-19 spread

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By Sandun A. Jayasekera

Thirty new COVID-19 infections were detected by late afternoon yesterday, which Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said as an achievement of the curative and preventive measures of doctors, nurses, supportive staff, the Armed forces and the Police.

Thus, the total number of confirmed infections stood at 649 yesterday.   
Dr. Jasinghe said the isolated areas of Ja-Ela, Puttalam, Kalutara, Kandy and Ratnapura had been opened yesterday.   

In Anuradhapura, 13 Grama Niladhari Divisions and several villages were closed down with COVID-19 alert yesterday. In Kurunegala, 213 men and women from Wariyapola and Panduwasnuwara sent for quarantine at Vavuniya and 49 Sri Lankan arrived from and Indonesian pilgrimage were released from Katukeliyawa quarantine centre after a spell of 14-day quarantine process. To a number of localities at Ranna, Nawalapitiya and Polgahawela had also been brought under self quarantine from yesterday by the Police and health authorities of respective areas.   

Up to yesterday, 6,295 Sri Lankan had been put under self-quarantine process in their residences.   
The Consultant Physician of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Dr. Eranga Narangoda said 6 COVID-19 patients were released yesterday from the NIID after full recovery, bringing the number of patients recovered to 134 stood at 478. The NIID had its full capacity of 148 COVID-In the meantime, Japanese Government has commended the role of the military and Police in supporting the health authorities to combat coronavirus Sri Lanka. “We appreciate your efforts taken to control the spread of coronavirus,” Deputy Head of Mission of the Japanese Embassy Toshishiro Kitamura said when he met Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry. He said in Japan, which has a death toll of 360, the Government has requested people to ‘Stay at Home’ and no curfew was imposed to control the spread of the virus.   

Explaining the present situation with regard to coronavirus control in the country, the Defence Secretary said the Government had applied the ‘root bolt’ system, which will evacuate all possible contact links of coronavirus infected patients in respective areas. He said if only the health authorities had given the task to control the spread of coronavirus, it would have touched uncontrollable levels.       


  • The Consultant Physician of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Dr. Eranga Narangoda said 6 COVID-19 patients were released yesterday from the NIID after full recovery


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