Jinthupitiya in Colombo 13 in lockdown
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Jinthupitiya in Colombo 13 was closed off after a seafarer from Sri Lanka who had a history of having travelled to India tested positive for COVID-19 during his compulsory home quarantine period.
Health sources said he had undergone the mandatory 14-day quarantine period at a quarantine centre and had not tested positive for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test carried out on him before he returned home for the mandatory self quarantine at home for another 14 days.
Sources said that the person however had been forced to use common sanitation facilities once he reached home which was when he had been detected with COVID-19 during the community testing carried out on high risk groups in the particular area.
Health sources said that over 150 persons including 10 persons who were his family members had been sent to the quarantine facility in Kandakadu.
However, the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe has said that this was not a case of community transmission.
Meanwhile, the Government Medical Officers’ Association stressed the urgent need for random community testing of high-risk groups such as these who already have been exposed to possible carriers of the virus, and were returning to the country after travelling abroad.