Random PCR tests carried out at Beruwala fisheries harbour

Random PCR tests carried out at Beruwala fisheries harbour

October 23, 2020   09:17 am

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Health authorities have carried out 100 random PCR tests at the fisheries harbour in Beruwala yesterday (22) in the light of reports on increasing numbers of Covid-19 infections connected to the Peliyagoda Fish Market.

As per reports, 10 out of 16 PCR test results received last night have come out positive.

More PCR tests will accordingly be conducted at the Beruwala fisheries harbour and nearby areas today (23).

Joining ‘Derana Aruna’ programme this morning, Commander of Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said vendors bring in stocks of fish to the Peliyagoda Fish Market from all around the country, especially from Beruwala and Tangalle.

More than 200 novel coronavirus infections linked to the Peliyagoda Fish Market have been identified so far.

The army chief stressed that more virus-positive cases could be detected from Beruwala area while urging the persons who visited the marketplace to get a PCR test done or to isolate themselves. This situation is likely to develop in all fishing harbours, he added.

Speaking further, the army chief requested fish vendors to contact their nearest Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) or the Grama Niladhari in charge of their respective residential areas.

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