Navy reports results of all PCR tests to relevant authorities

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The Defence Ministry strongly denies allegations against the Sri Lanka Navy that it refrains from providing information about sailors, who are infected with Coronavirus, to health authorities.

Since the identification of the first corona virus infected navy sailor on April 22nd, the Navy had expanded PCR tests for naval personnel who are performing duties at the Welisara Naval Complex, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Defence Secretary Retired Major General, Kamal Gunaratne categorically refuting accusations that the Sri Lanka Navy is covering up the real situation related to spread of the Coronavirus within the Sri Lanka Navy.

The Tri-Forces including the Sri Lanka Navy were maintaining a strict transparent process of disseminating information on Coronavirus infected military personnel and the testing process, he said.

While contract tracing in underway, the SriLanka Navy personnel, who test positive for COVID-19, are sent to hospitals for treatment.

Information on PCR tests done on naval personnel, including all the details of both positive and negative cases, has been duly submitted to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the office of the Director General of Health Services, the Directorates of Health Services in all districts and the Sri Lanka Police by the Sri Lanka Navy, the statement added.