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Jul 26, 2020

Armed security for COVID hospitals

Police, Army and Air Force personnel have now been deployed to work with security staff of hospitals where COVID-19 infected patients are under treatment.

Accordingly, 39 officers were deployed at Angoda’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) while 40 were assigned to the Welikanda Hospital.

Security forces and police have also been deployed at the Mulleriyawa and Negombo Base Hospitals.

Meanwhile, police found that the patient who escaped from the NIID on Friday had stolen a bicycle from a house nearby.

He had also changed clothes at another house. Police said he would be charged under the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance and the Penal Code.

Our picture shows the side entrance of the NIID being guarded by Army soldiers.

Picture courtesy - The Sunday Times

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