Only 100 out of about 300, who attended COVID-19 infected Swiss pastor’s service traced

by Dinasena Rathugamage

The health authorities have taken action to impose self-quarantine on 49 persons of 11 families in the Mannar District, who had attended a service at the Philadelphia Church in Ariyalai near Nallur in Jaffna last week.

The families are residents of Madu and Nanattan areas of Mannar.

They attended a mass held at the Swiss Church in Ariyalai on March 15. Among the four new cases of covid-19 detected, on Sunday, was a person who associated with the Switzerland-based Christian Pastor who conducted the service. The Pastor has been confirmed as a covid-19 case by the health authorities in Switzerland.

The Health authorities have extended the curfew in force in the country for a further 24 hours in the Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi to limit any further spread of the novel coronavirus and trace those who attended the service at the Philadelphia church.

Over 300 persons had attended the service but health officials and police have so far traced fewer than 100 of them.


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