Sri Lanka (Coronavirus):Twenty new confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported increasing the total to 771 positive cases in the country, the Ministry of Health said.
She said there is a risk of the virus spreading from asymptomatic patients as the virus only transmits from person to person.
The Health Minister urged everyone to follow the guidelines given by health officials and to always wash their hands before entering any establishment or institution.
But health experts say that Sri Lanka has made significant progress in fighting the coronavirus, but the situation remains fragile, and “caution should be the order of the day.”
They said, “the curve is going to be flatter ,” meaning infection rates are down, but added that models show those rates could easily go either way. he said if the right protections are in place, that will allow some restrictions to be eased.
As of 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday (05), a total of 549 patients are currently under medical care for COVID-19, the Epidemiology Unit of the ministry said.
Official statistics showed that the total number of recoveries had rose to 213 after 19 people recovered from the virus on Tuesday.
The ninth fatality due to the virus in the country was reported on Tuesday.
The Head of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva said that out of the 33 Covid-19 positive cases detected on Monday, 31 were from the Welisara Navy camp. Accordingly, so far 329 Navy personnel have tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, 138 persons from Rajagiriya, Kolonnawa and Kolabissa who had come in contact with infected persons have been directed to quarantine centres, the Army Commander said.
Accordingly, 67 from Kolabissa in Kandy, 29 from Bandaranayakepura in Rajagiriya, 27 from Kolonnawa have been sent for quarantine as a positive case of COVID-19 has been detected from each of these three areas, he stated.
The Commander noted that currently, 4,883 persons are being quarantined at 39 Tri Forces operated quarantine centres.
The Army Chief also said 47 persons left Tri-forces-operated quarantine centres yesterday, adding that a total of 5,089 in the country have completed the quarantine procedure so far.
Meanwhile, commenting on the soldier who had collapsed and died in Dambulla, Lt. Gen. Silva added that this soldier has a history of epilepsy and had collapsed while on his way from one camp to another. However, he noted that the cause of death could only be confirmed after the post-mortem examination is conducted.
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