In the risk of viral exposure within the Welikada Prison due to the inmate who tested postiive for COVID-19 this (07) morning, fellow inmates and prison officers are set for PCR and the standard quarantine procedure, Mr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief Scientists of the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said. He made this observation speaking to the press briefing held in the Ministry today.
The level of risk in the Prison will be revealed in a matter of days, has the virus spread from the tested-inmate, he said, adding however that the risk is not likely to be serious.
Nevertheless, inspections are undeway on finding the origins to viral contraction, Mr. Samaraweera added, pointing out that how was the inmate infected in the first place should be investigated.
Upon the patient's identification, around 400 - 600 fellow inmates ought to be tested for PCR, the Epidemiology Chief Scientist emphasised.
The authorities were able to identify the postive patient this morning as the ongoing testing are continued on a daily basis.
Accordingly, the public is further instructed to act in compliance with the health directives i.e. maintaining social distance, washing hands, wearing face masks in crowded areas etc., Samaraweera added.
The Welikada inmated tested positive for COVID-19 this morning was a transferee from Kandakadu Rehab Centre for drug addicts.