Health authorities sent off 1010 persons from Bandaranayakapura in Colombo -12 to quarantine centers  and placed around 1000 others in the area under lockdown after a major COVID -19 cluster was detected in the area .

The move by health authorities came after five new cases were detected from 91 samples tested today among  residents in the area for the coronavirus.

On Monday, 32 cases were confirmed in the area .

The cases were detected in an area called “146 Watta”.

Health officials said they would carry out more tests in the area tomorrow