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39 year old woman from Divulapitiya tested positive for COVID-19

A 39 year old female residing in Divulapitiya has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Government Information said the female, who is employed at a garment factory, has been admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

This is the first case of a communal coronavirus transmission reported in two months.

The individual was admitted at the Gampaha General Hospital several days ago with fever and upon being discharged she underwent PCR testing, following which it was confirmed she had contracted the coronavirus.

Accordingly 15 members of the Gampaha Hospital and 40 persons of the private institution she is employed at have been directed to quarantine centres.

The Government Information Department said inquiries are now underway to determine how the individual contracted COVID-19.

Steps are also being taken to identify persons she associated during this period.

Health units have meanwhile reiterated requests to remain vigilant and strictly adhere to health guidelines amidst the threat of the coronavirus once again.

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said steps have been taken to quarantine all individuals the individual came in contact with, adding that PCR tests have also been conducted.

He stressed communal transmission was expected, and said necessary protocol was taken to identify and mitigate the threat.

He noted, the individual was identified due to PCR testing of persons who take medication for respiratory illnesses from hospitals.

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