231 new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka from midnight last night; total now at 3,733

ECONOMYNEXT –  Health authorities identified 231 COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka between midnight last night and 11.00am today (06), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the 231 patients, 10 are returnees from abroad –  six having returned from the UAE, three from Qatar and one foreign sailor, while the rest are the garment factory worker from Divulapitiya in the Gampaha district who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday (4) and her direct contacts.

At least 950 people who had maintained direct or indirect contact with the Divulapitiya patienthave been identified so far, the Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL) said.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 3,733. Some 56 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals while 461 active cases.

Four Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,258.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is 650, out of which 529 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members, 48 are close contacts and one is a close contact of the patient

found at the Welikada prison.

NOCPOC reports said all patients from the Kandakadu cluster have recovered and have been discharged from the centre.

By this morning, 323 returnees arrived in Colombo, 260 of whom flew in from Istanbul, Turkey, 52 from Doha, Qatar and 11 from Abu Dhabi NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Some 294 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 49,003 people have completed quarantine so far.

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Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 79 centres run by the armed forces is 7,211.

A total of 296,611 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with tests carried out yesterday.

Sri Lanka as at October 06 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths.

Officials said the Covid Prevention Task Force is now investigating three-clusters of possible COVID-19 patients related to the discovery of the patient in Divulapitiya and as of now 371 cases have been discovered so far in these clusters.

The towns of Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya and Veyangoda are under police curfew, he added.

Other officials said the count of the COVID-19 patients in this cluster are likely to go up further.

Medical personnel have conducted thousands of PCR tests in the Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya and Veyangoda areas over the past 24 hours.

As some of the Brandix staff had gone home on holidays during the recent long weekend, cases have been detected in a number of cities and towns across the country.

NOCPOC reports said the new cases were identified in Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kegalle, Killinochchi, Kurunegala, Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam and Vavuniya districts.

The first person discovered with the infection is a 39-year old supervisor in the Brandix plant, a mother of three children. Her oldest child, a 16-year-old girl, has tested positive for the virus although her husband and the younger children have tested negative. (Colombo/Oct06/2020)

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