33 Lankans in Diyatalawa likely to be released on Sunday

2020-02-12 at 15:28

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says the group of 33 Sri Lankans who were repatriated from Wuhan, China amidst the threat of the coronavirus outbreak and held at the Special quarantine facility at the Diyatalawa Army camp, will likely to be released on Sunday.

Speaking to NewsRadio Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said the group of Sri Lankans at the detention camp had not shown symptoms of the COVID-19 or coronavirus.

The group was brought to Sri Lanka on the 1st of February from Wuhan, after the region was put under mandatory lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 persons admitted on suspicion that they had contracted the coronavirus are still under observation at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

However, no one has shown signs of the coronavirus symptoms.

Moreover, the 43-year-old Chinese National who tested positive for the virus is still under observation despite making a full recovery after receiving medical treatment.

Dr. Sudath Samaraweera noted although the Chinese national has made a full recovery, authorities have decided detained her at the IDH as no other coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country.

He said authorities have taken all measures to contain the spread of the virus that has killed at least 1,115 persons globally.