Sri Lanka Health Officials say that although there are no new COVID-19 clusters in the society, the risk of the virus spreading within the society still remains high.

Hence, officials say that the general public is often reminded to follow the recommended health and hygiene practices including wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances by health authorities, to further prevent any form of community spread.

Never underestimate Coronavirus. Though Sri Lanka relaxed police curfew totally from June 28, Government requests the public to understand the dangers of coronavirus and follow the recommended health practices.
* Limit traveling
* Maintain physical distance
* Wear a face mask
* Wash hands regularly

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Coronavirus latest updates in Sri Lanka – COVID19 news

Sri Lanka Statistics (As at October 26, 2020)

😷 About 7872 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 3933 Recovered & Discharged

😷 16 deaths

😷 About 451,000 PCR Tests done

😷 4387 Garment workers and close contacts – Minuwangoda Divulapitiya Brandix Cluster

😷 Over 500 Fishermen and their close contacts – Peliyagoda Cluster

😷 950 Navy personnel and their close contacts tested positive for coronavirus

😷 1419 overseas arrivals tested positive for coronavirus

😷 651 from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre & close contacts

😷 About 56,000 persons have completed the Quarantine process

😷 About 33,000 persons currently undergoing self-quarantine

😷 About 7100 persons currently undergoing quarantine at 79 Centres

World Stats (As at October 24, 2020)

😷 About 1,150,000 deaths

😷 About 42,470,000 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 66,300 critical

😷 About 31,423,000 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 215 countries and territories

  • Government to issue a special gazette notification making wearing face mask & 1-meter distance mandatory in public spaces – Health Minister
  • Army intelligence units and health officials are tracing contacts of Divulapitiya COVID19 patient. So far 600 identified. 6 employees with symptoms admitted to Negombo Hospital. So far 430 placed self- quarantine.
  • All pre-schools islandwide will also be closed from tomorrow (05 October) – State Minister for Women’s Affairs & Child Development
  • All schools (Government , Private, International and Catholic) in Sri Lanka closed until further notice. 2nd school term holidays will commence from tomorrow October 5 : Education Ministry.
  • All tuition classes in Colombo and Gampaha Districts will be closed from tomorrow (Monday) until further notice- Education Ministry
  • Divulapitiya Coronavirus patient is an apparel worker in Minuwangoda Brandix manufacturing facility. Brandix issued statement.
  • Police curfew imposed in Divulapitiya and Minuwangoda police areas.
  • Close associates of Divulapitiya woman are being identified & investigations going on how the woman became infected. 15 staff of Gampaha hospital & 40 staff of the company she works for are already in home quarantine.
  • 39 years old female from Diwulapitiya tested positive for coronavirus & admitted to IDH. About 55 persons placed under quarantine.

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Corona Virus Updates in Sri Lanka COVID19 News

The risk of Coronavirus / COVID-19 spreading among the community in Sri Lanka has NOT been eliminated, even though positive infections are not confirmed from the community, health officials warned.

β€œNew cases are mainly confirmed among Sri Lankan migrant workers who are being repatriated back to the country; however, even in countries where the pandemic is successfully controlled, a resurgence of the virus among the community is still possible,” Dr. Jude Jayamaha, the Chief Virologist at the Department of Virology of the Medical Research Institute says.

Hence, Dr. Jayamaha noted that the general public is often reminded to follow the recommended health and hygiene practices including wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances by health authorities, to further prevent any form of community spread.

He emphasized that although there are no new COVID-19 clusters in the society, the risk of the virus spreading within the society still remains high.

Dr. Jayamaha went onto note that PCR tests are being conducted on random samples obtained from society through Medical Officers of Health.

β€œThese samples are obtained from 12 various divisions of society, including those coming from multiday fishing vessels, homeless people, those from rehabilitation camps; and the PCR tests are conducted at 21 laboratories,” Dr. Jayamaha said.

According to Dr. Jayamaha, separate PCR tests are conducted on random samples obtained from individuals with symptoms like cough and common cold who visit Out Patient Departments (OPDs) at hospitals.

Such random samples are obtained at 54 OPDs across the island. (Source -NewsFirst)

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