Request for re-testing of two Sailors | Daily News


Request for re-testing of two Sailors

The Sri Lanka Navy has requested for a repeat test for the two Navy personnel who took part in a rehearsal of the War Heroes' Commemoration and said to have been tested positive for Covid-19.

The Navy has also requested the Ragama Hospital in writing for the report of the test results of the two sailors in question.

The PCR test generally takes only around six hours, but while the samples were sent to the Ragama Hospital on May 18, the Navy had still not received the test results as of today (25).

According to unconfirmed sources, the second test has revealed that the two said Navy personnel had tested negative.

When contacted in this regard the Navy Spokesman Lt. Com. Isuru Sooriyabandara said that these Navy personnel who were assigned for the National War Heroes Day parade were in isolation for 14 days prior to being released for rehearsals on the 17th. The two Navy personnel are 32 and 36 years of age. A PCR test had been conducted on them on the 18th as a precautionary measure and the Navy had been notified by the Medical Research Institute on the 18th that they had tested positive. Thereafter around 30 members of the Tri-Services guard and the rest of the Navy personnel were isolated.

However, the Navy had been confused as to how these two Navy personnel had been found to be positive as all the required precautions had been taken. Hence, the Navy had requested for a repeat test and as the MRI had refused to repeat the test the samples of the two Navy personnel, they had been sent for testing to the Ragama Hospital and the KDU for reconfirmation.

Speaking to the Daily News Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Sooriyabandara said the results of the second PCR test to verify the results of the first test had not been received by them so far.

The Daily News contacted the Ragama Hospital for a verification of the test and the delay in issuing the report, but a representative from the hospital confirmed that the test had been carried out but said they were not authorised to divulge the details of the test or comment on the delay in issuing the report.

Meanwhile, all contacts of these two sailors, including members of the Tri forces and police have been directed to the Attidiya Quarantine Centre.

Accordingly, around 140 police officers including STF officers, police band members have been directed to the Attidiya Quarantine Centre while cultural and dance units of the police have been quarantined in the police buildings in Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo. Also, 30 sailors who joined the military parade rehearsal have been quarantined separately.


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