Another 45 returnees found to be infected

Another 45 Sri Lankans who returned to the country have been found to be infected with the coronavirus.

Officials have recorded a spike in the number of returnees infected with the virus this year.

The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 said that the 45 Sri Lankans were among 212 people found to be infected with the virus in Sri Lanka.

The 212 people were detected following PCR tests conducted in Sri Lanka over a 24-hour period ending at 6am today.

On average only around 3300 PCR tests have been conducted in Sri Lanka over the past few days.

The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 said that of the 212 people detected with the virus, 33 are from the Kurunegala District, 32 from Kalutara and 31 from the Gampaha District.

The Government has however said that the repatriation process will continue.

Adding to the concern is the spread of coronavirus variants being reported in a number of countries from where the Sri Lankans are returning.

Army Commander General Shavendra Silva had told Colombo Gazette recently that the authorities are vigilant of coronavirus variants being reported in some countries.

However, he said that despite the threats and objections raised by various parties to halt the repatriation of stranded Sri Lankan migrant workers, the Government has decided to continue with the process.

The Army Commander said that precautions have been taken to repatriate and quarantine migrant workers. (Colombo Gazette)

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