Akkaraipattu Police Div declared ‘Isolated area’
By M.A.P. Deen – Ampara Correspondent
Following the detection of 40 COVID-19 positive cases, so far, the Akkaraipattu Police Division has been declared an ‘Isolated area’, until further notice, since 26 November. Meanwhile the results of another 141 PCR tests are yet to be released. Security in the area has been further strengthened to prevent the spread of the disease.
Even pharmacies which remained open for the public to attend to urgent medical needs until yesterday, were instructed to shut down. Meanwhile, cultivators who were permitted to continue with their work in the fields too were asked to stop work as they were misusing the concessions, security personnel said.
Those confirmed as COVID-19 positive were dispatched to Palamunai and Padiyathalawa Quarantine Hospitals while family members were quarantined under strict supervision of PHIs and the Police.
All schools in the Akkaraipattu Police area remained closed since Thursday. The fish market, vegetable stalls in the vicinity and other shops on the Main Street too were closed. No transport was available and the bus stands were deserted. Public Health Inspectors, on the advice of the Medical Officers of Health of the area, were patrolling the area along with Police.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Akkaraipattu, Athaullah Ahamed Zakie and Medical Officer of Akkaraipattu Dr. Faroosa Nakfer jointly appealed to the public to follow the guidelines of the Health Department. “Do not come out of your houses unneccassarily,” they said.
Meanwhile, the MOH Dr. Faroosa Nakfer told our correspondent that she intends to conduct PCR tests on another 1,000 persons.