3,169 released from quarantine centres in SL

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Lt. Gen Shavendra Silva said that the Army has so far released a total of 279 quarantined individuals from Jaffna and Kundasale Quarantine Centres after the two-week quarantine process,for the Prevention of Covid-19 media briefing at the National Operation Centre.

They left for their residences last morning (5 April) after receipt of Quarantine Certificates. Accordingly, a total of 3169 quarantined individuals have so far left those QCs, manned by tri-services. All those who left after quarantining have been asked to undergo another two-week long self-quarantining at their homes

More importantly, another who completed the two-week-long quarantine and left home had been confirmed positive for COVID-19 after seven days upon completion of the quarantining and was taken to the hospital, a matter that should be noted ,” so said Lieutenant General Silva.

Another 144 individuals, suspected to have been in contact with positive COVID-19 victim, found from Akurana after his return from a religious conference in India were taken to Punani QC by the Army yesterday while Akurana, as well as Ataluwagama areas, continue to remain in isolation. And a group of 45 individuals, suspected to have got in contact with the COVID-19 patient found from Maharagama area on Friday (3 April) were also referred to Punani QC today (5 April) in consultation with health authorities as a precautionary measure to arrest further transmission of the infection. Similarly, another of 34 more individuals who have had contact with the positive case from Mount Lavinia were found from Ratmalana area, and the driver and family members who took the victim to the hospital, as well as 21 relatives of the patient from Orugodawatte, a total of 55 persons, were thus admitted to the Punani QC during the day (5 April), the Head of the NOCPCO told the Media.

Another six persons who had associated with the Covid-19 patient from Piliyandala and 6 more individuals from Piliyandala and 17 from Mahiyanganaya who have also had close contact with positive cases from Akurana and Piliyandala areas were despatched to the QC at Punani. Another batch of 217 quarantined individuals is also ready to proceed home by tomorrow (6 April) morning upon quarantining, Lieutenant General Silva said.

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