At least 248 sailors at a Sri Lankan naval base have currently tested positive for the coronavirus admitted authorities, in what has been the biggest outbreak of the virus on the island so far.
Shavendra Silva, currently heading COVID-19 operations, stated that among the 30 cases in the last 24 hours, 22 of them were navy sailors and all but one of the rest had been in close contact with them.
According to AP News, the virus spread to the different parts of the island through sailors who were sent on leave after being deployed to capture drug addicts evading quarantine, who had reportedly been in contact with a patient with COVID-19.
Thus far a total of 4,000 navy troops have been quarantined alongside 242 of their relatives at centres run by the military.
As of today, Sri Lanka's COVID-19 patients has increased to 653 with seven deaths.
According to Lankadeepa, six or more villages have been sealed off this week in Sri Lanka due to exposure from sailors returning home. A further 1,300 have also been asked to self-quarantine reportedly.
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