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Welisara Navy Camp to be declared Covid-free

Next round of PCR tests due shortly
Negative results would reopen the camp

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Welisara Navy Camp, which was declared an isolated area in April, would soon be a Covid-19-free zone, according to the health authorities.

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera told The Morning that the decision on reopening the Navy camp would be taken next week, after the next round of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests was conducted on all sailors in the camp.

The latest tests were conducted on 5, 6, and 7 May, and the next rounds are scheduled for next week, he said.
Once it is cleared, the camp would be ready to reopen for operations, Dr. Samaraweera noted.

A total of 657 out of the total number of infected Navy personnel have been discharged from hospitals after testing negative for Covid-19.

The total number of Navy officials who contracted Covid-19 was 876 as at Saturday (13) while 682 Navy officials had fully recovered and left treatment centres, according to reports. Around 194 Navy officials are currently receiving treatment for the virus, according to Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

After the first Navy case was reported, around 4,000 people at the Sri Lanka Navy Camp in Welisara, including sailors and their families, were quarantined within the camp, and tests were carried out to ascertain if they had contracted the virus.