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Five test positive out of 451 random Antigen tests conducted on people leaving WP

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At least five people tested positive for Covid-19 following some 451 random Antigen tests carried out on people leaving the Western Province as of 4 pm today, Army Commander Shavendra Silva said.

“This is indeed a cause for serious concern and highlights the importance of taking extra precautionary measures without spreading the virus further,” he said adding that complying with health guidelines was crucial at this stage.

The Army Commander also requested people who celebrate Christmas and New Year to restrict celebrations to their homes without venturing outside.

He told the Daily Mirror that people should bear any inconvenience and be supportive during these difficult times when celebrating the season without moving out of their homes to enjoy themselves considering prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.

“We don’t want people to take any risk by allowing them to celebrate festivals freely. That’s why we urge them to try and stay at home as much as possible,” the Commander said.

Meanwhile, he also requested hotel managements to inform their customers to come with a PCR test report when looking for accommodation at hotels.

“This would be a precautionary measure to make sure that the spread of virus is contained,” the Army Commander highlighted.

He said if they inform customers to bring along a PCR test report, it would allow them to enjoy their stay at hotels unhindered without tension and also for the safety of hotel staff.

“We do understand the state of the hotels at present. We don’t want place any restrictions on them. However, it is vital to make sure that their hotels are secure from the Covid-19 virus by following health guidelines when accommodating customers and maintaining the hotels,” he stressed.  (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • Dee Friday, 18 December 2020 06:00 PM

    Ok 'Sir'. We are listening!

    CJ Friday, 18 December 2020 06:23 PM

    From where these antigen test kits were purchased by the government?

    Fuller Friday, 18 December 2020 06:35 PM

    no community spread huh

    Sir Silva Friday, 18 December 2020 06:37 PM

    So still no community spread right...

    Buddhist Friday, 18 December 2020 07:59 PM

    How practical is this to test workers leaving WP to go home?

    Sam Silva Friday, 18 December 2020 08:49 PM

    The tests are not 100% accurate . They may show negative results and no symptoms . However they could be the couriers and that is the reason it is difficult to control the spread

    Moulan Friday, 18 December 2020 11:46 PM

    Numbers don't add up!

    Jayampathie Saturday, 19 December 2020 09:49 AM

    This is a very serious situation. That is means ~1% population moving out of Western Province carrying COVID with them. Normally hundreds of thousands of people go out of Colombo during the seasons. That means if 1 million people visit out of Western ~10,000 could be COVID patients.


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