Kandakadu counselor accessed public transport. Risk of community spread on the rise?

Kandakadu counselor accessed public transport. Risk of community spread on the rise?

9 July 2020 10:33 pm

In the identification of a number of COVID-19 patients in Kandakadu Rehab Centre, the risk of community spread previously unknown to Sri Lanka could be on the rise, health sectors warned. According to Head of Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, several associations between Kandakadu Rehab Centre and the society have been identified. 

Earlier this morning, a counsellor attached to the Kandakadu Rehab Centre, a resident of Marawila, had tested positive for the virus. Upon her return to home, she has accessed public transport and visited several houses, Dr. Samaraweera revealed.

She has also consulted a private medical doctor, rising the risk of the community spread of Coronavirus, he pointed out.

As of the present, the counsellor's family members have been referred to quarantine centres, whilst members of seven other families whose connection to her family was close have been referred to home-quarantine. 

Upon identification of the COVID-19 patient from Welikada prison, who was a transferee from the very Rehab Centre, all inmates and officers attached to the centre were referred to the quarantine procedure, during which 56 persons had tested positive for the infection.