Twenty-seven health officials from the Ragama and Welisara Hospitals were transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy- run quarantine center in Mulankavil, Mannar today.
The Navy said the group had to be transferred as a health official from the Ragama Teaching Hospital had contracted the coronavirus after coming into contact with an infected patient from Ja-ela.
The Navy detained 28 persons in the Suduwella area in Ja-ela last week for violating instructions to self-quarantine and moved the group to the Oluvil quarantine center.
Six patients among the group were later identified as being infected with the coronavirus.
The Navy said the health official from the Ragama Teaching Hospital who had come into contact with one of the above mentioned patients, had also contracted the virus.
Investigations had revealed that 22 health officials from the Ragama Teaching Hospital and 05 healthcare officials from the National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases in Welisara had come into direct contact with the healthcare official from the Ragama Hospital who was infected with the coronavirus.
The Navy said as a result, the group of 22 males and 05 females, were sent to the Mulankavil quarantine center in Mannar today, after conducting preliminary health checkups. (Colombo Gazette)