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Massive coronavirus outbreak in Sri Lankan navy camp as 180 test positive

Sri Lankan authorities reportedly confirmed that at least 180 navy sailors have tested positive for the coronavirus, including at least 68 sailors who were on leave and in the community, as cases on the island continued to rise this week.

Shavendra Silva, the war crimes accused head of the army who is leading Colombo’s coronavirus task force, confirmed that 112 of the sailors that tested positive were inside the Welisara Navy Camp.

However concerns remain about the extent of the spread from the outbreak, after dozens of sailors tested positive after being on leave in their home towns.

See more from NewsFirst here and Adaderana here.

Sri Lanka confirmed at least 567 cases of COVID-19 so far, despite a military enforced curfew and the security forces herding thousands of people into quarantine centres.

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