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Vavuniya navy officer tests positive for COVID-19

A Sri Lankan navy officer from Vavuniya serving in the Welisara Navy Camp was confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) yesterday. After being tested for COVID-19 on Saturday at the Vavuniya Regional Health Service, the results given yesterday by Anuradhapura hospital confirmed that the officer has COVID-19.

The navy officer recently visited his house located in Mahakachakodi, Vavuniya when returning from the naval base. The public have expressed their concern after the navy officer had been in close proximity to them. Following this, the officer and his family have been subject to strict self-isolation measures.

Earlier today, more than 180 Navy personnel had tested positive for COVID-19, with at least 112 of the sailors testing positive at the Welisara Navy, according to Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.

There has been 584 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 61 new cases today in Sri Lanka, despite the military-enforced curfew and escalating number of buildings being converted into quarantine centres across the North East.

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