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Kandakadu COVID cluster expands

Family, close contacts sent for quarantine

The number of COVID-19 cases relating to the Kandakadu cluster increased further with the report of several new cases from across the country by last evening.

Several individuals including several soldiers who had close contacts with the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre were found infected yesterday while many of their close associates were sent to quarantine centers, health authorities confirmed.

Eleven individuals from Pitabeddara, Buluwana including the children and the wife of an army soldier tested positive for COVID-19 while on leave, have undergone PCR tests while the said soldier was sent to a quarantine center.

Two other soldiers attached to the Kandakadu Center, who are residents of Homagama and Godagama were also tested positive for COVID-19. They have been admitted to the Panagoda Army Hospital and the Polonnaruwa Hospital. 35 close associates of these two families are currently under 14 day compulsory self-quarantine.

Another five Army persons from Kandy and four from Matale attached to the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center were also found to be COVID-19 positive, it was reported. Nearly 300 close associates of these soldiers are currently undergoing self-quarantine.

Fifteen members belonging to four families in the Kalutara District, who had visited the Rehabilitation Center recently, have been sent to a quarantine center in Kundasale. They are residents of Horana, Bandaragama Raigama, Panadura Malamulla and Alwis Road in Kalutara.

Another two cases were reported from the Gampaha District, where a Consultant of the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Center and his driver found infected with the virus. This driver had visited the Gampaha Court premises on July 7, it was reported.

A person from Bhagarangala, Kalawana who is serving at the same center also tested positive for the virus on July 13. He had come to his residence in Kalawana on July 5. Accordingly, 11 close associates and his family members have been sent to the Minneriya quarantine center for 14 days. Several shops, a pharmacy and a state bank which he had visited during that period have been shut down by now.

In addition, 29 persons including six close associates of the Rathnapura patient and another 23 close associates of these six persons are also currently under self-quarantine, health authorities said.


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