Another six Navy officers contract coronavirus

Another six Navy officers have contracted the coronavirus, taking the total number of patients detected with the virus in Sri Lanka to 869.

Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that all six Navy officers were attached to the Welisara Navy camp.

He said that their samples were tested at the Karapitiya Hospital.

Dr. Jasinghe said that among the confirmed patients 517 have been reported as active cases as of today.
Close to 114 persons are admitted to various hospitals on suspicion of having contracted the virus.
Meanwhile, 343 patients, including a Chinese woman, have recovered so far and have been discharged from hospital.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe added that 9 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported so far in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Shavendra Silva screwed up big time. Gota and Pavithra can share that blame at least equally.

    Clearly the navy personnel were not provided with the necessary training prior to deployment nor provided with adequate personal protective gear. Then the most stupendous thing happened. The navy personnel who had been at the frontline were granted leave to return home without any testing. How were these folks completely missed from testing when all the president’s security entourage was getting tested repeatedly?

    This major blunder could have been avoided if competent medical experts were assigned to lead the Covid-19 containment strategies.

    But even WHO doesn’t seem to have noticed this major blunder!


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