Fifty six people at Kandakadu Center test positive for COVID-19

Fifty six persons (56), including inmates and staffers, from the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said these individuals are reported to have come into direct contact with an inmate from the Welikada prison who was detected with COVID-19 recently.

The inmate is said to have undergone rehabilitation at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center over the last three months.

Following the detection of the inmate from the Welikada prison, PCR tests were conducted on 450 persons at the rehabilitation centre, Dr. Jasinghe said.

A woman from Marawila who had served as a counsellor at the rehabilitation centre had also tested positive for COVID-19 this morning.

Dr. Jasinghe added that necessary measures to conduct further PCR tests and quarantine will be carried out by Health and Security officials. (Colombo Gazette)