Over three hundred Sri Lankan Naval personnel and officers have been quarantined
along with their one thousand odd family members following suspicion of having
contracted the corona virus
The naval personnel were in touch with drug addicts infected with the virus
during the course of a raid in the outskirts of capital Colombo last week
Of the 548 active coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka, 327 of them were Navy
personnel and authorities who have been quarantined along with 1,008 of their
relatives, Sri Lankan media reports quoting officials said.
There were 33 new positive cases found at midnight on May fourth. 31 of
them are our naval sailors who are linked to the Welisara camp. The two others
are their contacts."
The COVID-19 infection is suspected to have spread in the Welisara Camp
when officers came in contact with drug addicts infected by the virus during a
raid. The sailors had gone home on leave, spreading the virus further.
752 positive cases were reported in the country since its first positive
case in mid-March, of which 194 patients had been discharged from hospitals
after complete recovery. .
The virus death rose to eight on Monday after a 72-year-old woman in
northwestern Kurunegala region died of the disease. The woman was related to
one of the infected sailors.