Three Sri Lankan departees test positive for COVID-19

Bandaranaike International Airport.

Sri Lankan media have reported that three Sri Lankan nationals that departed from the Maldives have tested positive for COVID-19.

The government of Sri Lanka confirmed that 62 cases had been tested positive yesterday. 37 of these positive cases were individuals that had returned from abroad. They include returnees from Maldives, Qatar, and Kuwait, stated the Sri Lankan government.

The Sri Lankan government also stated that 25 members of the navy had also tested positive for the virus yesterday.

The country has now confirmed 1,628 cases of the virus, slightly more than the Maldives. 801 individuals have recovered from the virus while ten individuals have passed away.

The government has also relaxed the restrictive measures and lockdown in the country after the virus was deemed as under control. The government has stated that the country was free of a community spread since April 30. Positive cases were being identified from quarantine facilities and the navy cluster since then, stated the government of Sri Lanka.

The country’s international airport is also expected to be opened on August 1. Sri Lanka is one of the few countries that has handled the pandemic well enough, according to WHO. 

So far, nine Sri Lankan nationals have tested positive for the virus in the Maldives.