No undue fear regarding Covid-19 virus - PM (video)

Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 13:31


Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says the people need not have undue fear with regard to the Covid-19 virus.

He was addressing heads of media institutions at Temple Trees today (16).

Health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told the meeting that the health guidelines gazette for the General Election would get approval from the attorney general today and would be gazetted within the next two days.

Director general of health services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said 25 infected persons have been identified outside the Kandakadu drug rehabilitation centre.

All of them and their contacts have been sent for quarantine.

Also, 130,000 PCR tests have been conducted to identify infected persons, including 4,000 at the Kandakadu centre and for contacts of its occupants.

The tests are taking place at 18 state institutions and four private institutions.

PCR tests were halted at the Sri Jayeawerdenepura University after one test there returned positive, although five more tests for the same person at the IDH Hospital and the Medical Research Institute at Borella showed negative results.

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