Military assures no risk of virus spreading among community

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Military has assured that there is no risk of community transmission of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Chandana Wickremesinghe told the Colombo Gazette that all the relevant authorities were taking steps to contain the virus.

When inquired if special measures are being implemented to address the detection of COVID-19 largely among returnees from overseas, he said the general quarantine measures are being implemented, with all returnees having to undergo the mandatory quarantine process.

PCR tests are conducted upon arrival and the individuals are placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 or more days. Wickremesinghe said that strict quarantine procedures will be imposed on those detected with COVID-19 after the completion of their mandatory 14-day quarantine process.

Brigadier Wickremesingeh further said it was the responsibility of the Government to ensure the return of Sri Lankans who were stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no shortage of quarantine centres to accommodate the returnees, he added.

Twenty-eight (28) returnees from overseas were detected with COVID-19 yesterday (14).

Among the infected, 13 were from Dubai, 01 each from Qatar and Kuwait, 04 each from Bangladesh and India, and 05 from Bahrain.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka stood at 3263 as of today, with 3016 recoveries, 234 under medical care and 13 deaths. (Colombo Gazette)