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Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said there was a trend of illegal immigrants entering the country from India posing a threat of spreading COVID-19 in the country.

He told media there was a trend of illegal immigrants arriving in the country from India and the numbers are on the rise.

"Regardless of frequent Navy patrolling around the island, the risk of Indians entering Sri Lanka illegally remains steady. If anyone of them was infected with COVID-19, there is a high risk of spreading the virus in our society," Dr. Samaraweera said.

He said a total of 2,959 persons were identified as COVID-19 positive until yesterday, and among them, 2,811 had been discharged after being recovered. A total of 136 patients are still remaining in rehabilitation centres.

"Most of the patients reported from the centres had arrived from various countries from time to time. No patient was identified in the society so far. More than 214,000 PCR tests have been conducted to identify COVID-19 positive cases so far. More than 2,600 PCR tests were conducted yesterday alone," Dr. Samaraweera added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

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  • Spartacus Wednesday, 26 August 2020 07:16 AM

    Can u categorically state how many such illegal immigrants hav arrived, mode of arrival, nationality

    silva Wednesday, 26 August 2020 07:52 AM

    Indians are smart to immigrate other countries and steal their job

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:05 AM

    History repeating itself. One hundred years ago when the Spanish Flu was devastating India where 10 million Indians died, loads of Indians from North and South illegally crossed into Sri Lanka. Among them those who were carrying the infections spread it among the Sri Lankans, resulting in thousands of deaths all over Sri Lanka.

    Dr Nihal Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:06 AM

    India is a curse to Sri Lanka.

    Sammy Wednesday, 26 August 2020 10:35 AM

    Dr. Nihal from 2,500 years ago.

    Marimuthu Gunasekaran Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:39 AM

    Dear sir I am staying illegally in Dubai please consider srilankan citizens then you can exit all illegal immigrants from our mother land srilanka Thanking you Yours faithfully M.Gunasekaran (please forward above message to Dr Samaraweera)

    DJ Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:46 AM

    So if the Indians have Covid, have they being discovered and found to have come in illegally, as your statement clearly portrays contradictions.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 26 August 2020 10:22 AM

    So far no illegal foreigners have been classified with Covid nor have been quarantined, so what is this rubbish statement.


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