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Three more COVID-19 cases reported from Batticaloa

Batticaloa Government Agent  K. Karunakaran
Batticaloa Government Agent K. Karunakaran

Three more COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Batticaloa District, increasing the number of infected persons in the country to 5,764 (from 2,244 families), Batticaloa Government Agent K. Karunakaran said.

The Government Agent mentioned this at a press briefing held at the Batticaloa District Secretariat’s Information Department, yesterday.

The highest number of cases has been reported from Karalai Pattu Central Secretariat Division: 1,335 people from 376 families, he said, adding that if case numbers were to keep rising, curfew would be imposed in the district. Karunakaran advised the public to stay indoors in order to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, Eastern Provincial Health Services Director Dr. Alagaiyah Lathakaran said that the said cases had been reported from the Tanadavenveli, Eravur, and Koralai Pattu Central areas of the Batticaloa town. These individuals had arrived to the areas by bus from Mannar.

With this, the total number of those affected by COVID-19 in the Eastern Province has risen to 84. Of these, Batticaloa has 47 active cases, while Kalmunai, Trincomalee, and Ampara have 18, 13, and 6 cases, respectively.

Eravur Town Council Chairman Ramlan Abdul Wajith mentioned that following the discovery of a positive COVID-19 case among the fishing community in the Eravur Fish Market, fishmongers at the market and those who had visited the market have been ordered to self-isolate after undergoing PCR tests.

He said that this decision was taken at the COVID-19 Prevention Task Force meeting held at Eravur Town Council, yesterday. Under the instructions of health authorities, the Eravur Fish Market premises and its adjoining areas are currently being disinfected.

The public has been urged to stay indoors and medicine and other essential items are being delivered to homes.