Kandakadu similar to Welisara Navy cluster
By Paneetha Ameresekere
The newly-emerged COVID-19 cluster at the Kandakadu Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Polonnaruwa, on 9 July, in terms of size, is comparable to the Welisara Naval Base cluster that appeared nearly three months ago, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera told Ceylon Today on 10 July.
“Some 339 at Kandakadu, including detainees and their close contacts were found by the Epidemiology Unit to have been infected with COVID-19 in the 24 hours which ended at 10 a.m. on 10 July. This and Welisara are the two largest clusters detected thus far since the first COVID-19 case was intercepted nearly six months ago on 27 January,” said Samaraweera.
In the case of the Welisara cluster, after initially making COVID-19 detections from among a few of its sailors and their contacts, health authorities ultimately found 950 Navy personnel and their close contacts to have been infected with the Disease. This took place after the sailors in the Welisara Camp, on orders, went in search of some drug addicts at Suduwella, Ja-Ela, who were suspected to have had been infected with COVID-19, soon after the Avurudu recess in April.
However, Samaraweera said the spread of COVID-19 emanating from this new cluster at Kandakadu is being controlled, with close associates of the patients being traced and quarantined.