Jul 11, 2020

Kandakadu inmates infected by positive cases in Suduwella early on

It has been revealed that inmates of the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre contracted the coronavirus from drug abusers who tested positive for the virus in Suduwella, Ja-Ela, early on during the coronavirus outbreak.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the cluster at the rehabilitation centre is similar to the Navy cluster.

Speaking to media in Kandy Dr. Jasinghe said the virus will be contained during a short period unlike the Navy cluster.

He said a majority have tested positive, while many had contracted the virus at the point of identification.

Dr. Jasinghe said health officials, intelligence agencies and forces personnel are all working towards ensuring the virus does not enter the community, further assuring that the risk is very low and efforts will be taken to minimise it further.

The DG of Health said inmates who were released are being summoned back, including staff who have gone on leave.

He said they will be quarantined, if they haven’t tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile Dr. Anil Jasinghe added the public need not maintain any unnecessary fears over the outbreak of COVID-19.

He stated that no decisions have been reached to declare isolation zones.

Dr. Jasinghe said there could be rumours of an inmate who has been released being summoned back to the centre, however adding that does not mean the individual has tested positive.

He explained that they are being summoned for testing.


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