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COVID-19: No second wave in Lanka, says health ministry

Colombo, Jul 13 (UNI) Sri Lanka's health ministry has reassured that the country is not facing a second wave of the COVID-19, despite the fact that the island nation recently witnessed a spike in cases due to a cluster discovered at drug rehabilitation center in north of the country.
Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasingha informed members of the press that the cluster at Kandakadu has so far reported more than 400 patients, but expressed confidence that authorities would be able to control the outbreak.
Authorities feel that more patients could be detected in the coming days as the counsellors at the Rehabilitation Center had also tested positive and they have traveled to their homes.
The army has said that contact tracing for identify the associates of the patients is presently ongoing in order to quarantine them for a mandatory 14 day period.
The health ministry has said that hundreds of people have been shifted to quarantine facilities during the past three days for having come in contact with the inmates and employees of the Rehabilitation Center.
Xinhua quoted Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who is currently heading the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, saying that with the Kandakadu cluster is showing signs of developing into a bigger cluster. He also said that steps had been taken to convert the army-managed quarantine center into a field hospital. Lt. Gen. Silva however assured that the situation was under control.
Sri Lanka shut schools this week as a preventive measure.
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