Indian fisherman tests positive for COVID-19 following quarantine

Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation in the Northern seas on January 9 apprehended nine Indian fishermen along with their trawler, for poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Subsequent to this apprehension, these nine individuals were directed to 14 days of quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.

On completion of their quarantine period on January 22, the Indian fishermen were subjected to a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before handing them over to the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) authorities for legal action, where one Indian fisherman had tested positive for COVID-19. Upon the instructions of the Regional Epidemiologist Jaffna, the Indian fisherman who contracted COVID-19 was taken to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kilinochchi for treatment. The remaining eight Indian fishermen were directed for another 14 days of quarantine again.

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