Apr 21, 2020

4,348 released after quarantine ; 113 arrive from Pakistan Featured

Addressing the daily media briefing today (21) the Head of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva said that 149 persons who had completed their quarantine procedure had been released from the Army-run quarantine centres today (21).

Accordingly, 4348 persons have so far undergone quarantine procedure at the military facilities and have been released. There are another 1582 persons still in quarantine at military quarantine centres.

The Army Commander said that with the increase of Covid-19 cases in the Keselwatte area today and this morning, 242 persons were directed to quarantine centres yesterday.

Today as well 1010 persons belonging to 242 families were taken to three Army quarantine centres as a precautionary measure.

It was also revealed at the media briefing that 106 Sri Lankans were repatriated from Pakistan today (21) onboard UL-1206 from Lahore and they arrived at the BIA around 07.45 pm. Among them 82 are members of the Army, Navy and Air Force who had gone to Pakistan for various courses. The rest of the 24 members are students who were studying in Pakistan. They would all be sent for quarantine.

The Army Commander also noted that two persons from Piliyandala and Boralesgamuwa had tested positive today and they had taken steps to direct all those who had associated them and their family members to quarantine centres and subject them to PCR tests.

The private hospital that the Boralesgamuwa patient had gone to had also been subjected to PCR tests and they were sent for quarantine and the private hospital had been closed as a precautionary measure.

The family members of the person from Piliyandala who tested positive and people who had come in contact with him were also sent for quarantine.


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