196 people at the Kandakadu Treatment & Rehabilitation centre have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total infected to 252 at the centre.
The Government Information Department said the results of 338 tests conducted on the inmates and staff at the Kandakadu center were received Friday (10) morning where 196 were found to have contracted COVID-19. 56 inmates and a counsellor at the center had tested positive yesterday (09).


Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has said that more PCR tests are already being conducted and there is a possibility of more COVID-19 infections. He said the quarantine process and contact tracing have been initiated in order to prevent transmission of the virus to the society.

Meanwhile, security forces have already launched an operation for the purpose of contact tracing persons who had visited the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre In Kandakadu including anyone they might have associated with.

As such, State Intelligence has launched a special operation to find nearly 300 parents and family members who had visited the rehabilitation center from different parts of the country in the recent past.