More Navy personnel among latest detections

Three more persons infected with COVID-19 were detected in Sri Lanka this morning.

Director of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said 12 new cases of the coronavirus were reported yesterday.

Among the cases reported yesterday and today, 10 were identified as Navy personnel who had gone on leave.

Three patients were identified as Navy officers from the Navy Camp in welisara, while the remaining two were relatives of Navy personnel undergoing quarantine at the Mihintale quarantine center, Dr. Jasinghe said.

The 10 Navy personnel were detected following the conducting of 168 PCR or COVID-19 testing yesterday.

The conducting of PCR testing at the Navy Camp in Welisara has entered its last stage, with 200 tests scheduled to be carried out today.

Dr. Jasinghe said with the conclusion of the PCR testing it will be possible to contain the spread of the coronavirus within Navy personnel.

Commenting on the situation in Colombo and Ja- Ela, Dr. Jasinghe said the detection process is focussed on clusters, such as the patient, the first contact, second contact and so on.

Therefore, the spread of the virus has now been contained to clusters and will not spread into the community, he added.

Meanwhile, a total of 705 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Sri Lanka as of this morning.

The Ministry of Health said 172 patients, including 171 Sri Lankans and a chinese woman, have recovered so far and have been discharged from hospital.

Seven deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported so far in Sri Lanka, it added. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Dr Jasinghe, instead of insulting the public’s intelligence, just say: the situation is volatile at the moment, but we are doing our utmost to stay in control.

    Leave the “spin” to the politicians. People trust “straight talkers”.


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