Thirty-five COVID-19 patients reported from Anuradhapura | Daily News

Thirty-five COVID-19 patients reported from Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake, North-Central Province Governor Maheepala Herath, and other participants at the meeting. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe, Anuradhapura Additional Distract Group Corr.
Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake, North-Central Province Governor Maheepala Herath, and other participants at the meeting. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe, Anuradhapura Additional Distract Group Corr.

Thirty-five COVID-19 patients have been reported from the Anuradhapura District. Moreover, 2,040 persons from 1,015 families in the district are under quarantine, while around 3,733 PCR tests have been conducted so far in the district, North-Central Provincial Director of Health Services, Dr. Palitha Bandara said.

Dr. Bandara was speaking at the Anuradhapura District COVID-19 Prevention Special Committee session held recently at the North-Central Provincial Council Auditorium in the presence of North-Central Province Governor Maheepala Herath.

It was further disclosed that patients sent from Colombo and its surrounding suburbs are being treated at the Nochchiyagama Government Hospital and the Anuradhapura Methisiri Sevana Hospital which was meant to facilitate CKD patients. Anuradhapura District Director of Health Services, Dr. N.C. D.Ariyaratne said that the Galenbindunawewa, Thammenawa, Thantirimale, and Kebithigollewa hospitals have been kept prepared for the admission of coronavirus patients, if the need arises.

Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake said that on the instructions of the government, steps are being finalised to grant Rs.10,000 each to families undergoing quarantine. He added that since there could be a scarcity of essential items, traders and suppliers will be permitted to travel outstation carrying food and medicine to avoid any probable future scarcity.

The committee decided to limit the Anuradhapura weekend fair activities only to the sale of the most essential commodities. Furthermore, the number of traders and visitors are also to be restricted. It was also agreed to subject all bus drivers and conductors, including those engaged in fuel distribution, to PCR tests.

Top executives in the district, including Provincial Chief Secretary H.M.P. Bandara, divisional heads of Tri-Forces, and police personnel were also present at the meeting.