800 in quarantine centres after Peliyagoda COVID cases

2020-10-22 at 16:48

More than 800 persons linked to individuals who tested positive within the Peliyagoda fish market have been directed to quarantine centres.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva speaking at a media briefing at the National Operation Centre for COVID-19 Outbreak said another 800 persons linked to the fish market have been directed to self-isolate.

The Army Commander said the groups were identified yesterday and today and were directed to quarantine with the assistance of the Public Health Inspectors and the Sri Lanka Army.

The Lieutenant General added 100,000 PCR tests were conducted over a period of 14 days since the Minuwangoda COVID-19 cluster was identified.

He noted that as a result of the PCR tests, health units were able to identify positive cases and direct them for treatment.

The Army Commander added that a majority linked to the Peliyagoda fish market, traders, suppliers and buyers, have been directed to undergo PCR tests.

He urged persons who visited the Peliyagoda fish market during the past seven days to visit the nearest PHI office and undergo a PCR test and quarantine or self-isolate after informing respective PHI officers.

55 individuals from the Peliyagoda fish market have thus far tested positive for COVID-19, with 49 recorded yesterday and six identified thus far today.