4,000 Naval personnel and family members under quarantine in Welisara

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Another 30 naval personnel from the Welisara Navy Base had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) yesterday, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said yesterday. Addressing the media briefing of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 yesterday, he said the Welisara Navy Base had detected 60 coronavirus cases so far.

“On Thursday, with the confirmation of a sailor testing positive for the Coronavirus others who had come in contact with him at the Welisara Naval Base were tested and 30 sailors were found to have been infected.” The Welisara Navy base was then isolated.

A news release issued by the Navy said that nearly 4,000 naval personnel and their families (194 married quarters are located in the Welisara Naval Complex) have been isolated within the camp.

The Army Commander said that the PCR tests were carried out on the personnel at the Navy camp throughout yesterday (24). And so far according to these tests it was confirmed that another 30 had been infected taking the total infections found from the Welisara Navy camp to 60. He added that further tests will be done today (25) as well.

The highest number of Covid-19 patients was reported today in Sri Lanka with 46 new infections including 11 from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12. However, by late evening another patient was confirmed. She was a pregnant woman who had been admitted to the De Soysa Maternity Hospital.

The total number of Covid-19 infected patients now stands at 417.

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Chief Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva said PCR testing for naval personnel in the Welisara Naval Base has been expedited and the base has been completely locked down to prevent spread of coronavirus further. More than 400 tests are done per day.

“Our request to public is not to be unduly worried about this situation as the SLN has already taken immediate steps to contain the spread of coronavirus,” Vice Admiral De Silva said.

He said the SLN had taken precautionary measures to confine sailors to their barracks and also to bring the sailors who were on leave and had close connections with coronavirus positive patients, back to the naval base.

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