Sri Lanka is likely to slow repatriation of its citizens from overseas after several of those who returned from foreign countries in recent days tested positive for the COVID-19, local media reports quoting the Health Ministry said here Monday.
Director-General of Health Services at the Health Ministry Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that Sri Lanka is still dealing with one active COVID-19 cluster and the government might make a decision to slow the repatriation process after the numbers rise significantly in recent days due to the returning passengers.
“Recently flights were arriving almost once a day. We are still dealing with infections within the naval forces, so a decision may be taken to create a gap,” Dr. Jasinghe said.
According to official figures, Sri Lanka recorded 52 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, one of the highest reported since the outbreak, with 49 of them being local nationals who had recently been repatriated from Kuwait.
Earlier on Monday, seven more people who returned from Kuwait tested positive.
All nationals repatriated from other countries in recent days have been transferred to the quarantine centers set up outside the capital, the health ministry said.
Dr. Jasinghe said that the number of patients may rise further among those who have been repatriated from other countries.
Sri Lanka has so far recorded over 1,100 positive COVID-19 cases out of which nearly 700 have recovered and been discharged.
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