July 07, Colombo: Visitors are barred from entering the Welikada Prison premises until further notice after an inmate at Welikada remand prison tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.
Department of Prisons and Health authorities have made the decision to prohibit visitations after the inmate moved to the Welikada Prison from the Kandakadu Quarantine Facility tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday Morning.
Prison officials have taken steps to send the infected inmate to the National Infectious Diseases Institute.
Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the inmate had been transferred from the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in East Kandakadu for those addicted to drugs and controlled substances, to the Welikada prison on 27 June.
Dr. Jaisnghe said that PCR or COVID-19 tests are being conducted on the infected prisoner and those around him, while a quarantine process will be implemented.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj. Gen. Dharshana Hettiarachchi says that steps have been taken to collect biological samples from 474 inmates and 126 staff members of the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center for PCR testing.