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* Second batch of 144 quarantined persons leave for home, third batch to leave tomorrow
Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 08:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 25, Colombo: The second batch of 144 individuals who completed the 14-day quarantine process at Sri Lanka Army-managed Punani and Kandakadu quarantine centers left for home Wednesday (25).

Army buses and luggage carrying Army trucks this morning (25) facilitated the transport of the second batch of individuals who left for homes after completion of medical procedures and receipt of Quarantine Certificates.

Troops during their homeward passage to major destinations, like Galle, Colombo, Kandy and Matara supplied them with snacks, water and lunch packets with special focus on the infants and kids travelling with parents.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) addressing the media briefing today said the arrangements have been in place for the 3rd batch of quarantined individuals in the Punani and Kandakadu quarantine centers to leave for their homes on Thursday (26) after completion of the quarantine process.

According to the Army Commander, 3,086 individuals, including 31 foreigners in 46 Quarantine Centers are still in quarantine.

A total of about 7500 individuals, out of some 20,000 returnees, including those identified during the period (March 1-15) while being in the country are still in self-quarantine or in quarantine at their homes.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi said not a single COVID-19 positive patient was reported during the first half of the day (25), setting an example to the whole world, compared to world-wide increase of the cases in hundreds and thousands. “We still appeal the public to adhere to health guidelines given by us,” she urged.

Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe, highlighted the importance of maintaining the continued social distancing at all places.

He said that 255 suspected patients are still under treatment and nearly 1500 are closely followed up by the Ministry of Health. He added that it is important that nearly 900 foreigners, now confined to hotels in the Kalutara district continue to be isolated.


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