People’s vigilance vital for next 10 days

The National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC) has successfully traced all workers of Brandix, Minuwangoda by yesterday morning, Head of NOCPC and Army Commander, Lt. General Shavendra Silva told the media.

While Covid-19 positive apparel workers are being treated at several hospitals dedicated to Covid-19 treatment, the others are at three quarantine centres run by the Sri Lanka Army.

The NOCPC head said that about 3,000 persons of families of Brandix workers are now in quarantine.

“All Covid-19 patients, we identified recently from the community are contacts of the same cluster. We traced their contacts and got confirmation that it is the same cluster” he said, cautioning that Covid-19 patients could still be found in the second and third tier contacts.

He said that the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic is still in the community. “The public has to be vigilant about their social behaviour for 10 days more,” he added. With the 14 new Covid-19 cases reported by Friday night, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Minuwangoda cluster had increased to 1,083, the health authorities said yesterday.

An attendant at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo and a daughter of a nurse of the Panadura Base Hospital are also among the latest cases.

A part of the Panadura Hospital was closed temporarily as a result. By noon yesterday, the number of active cases was 1,214.

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