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309 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 6,287

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 309 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (23), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the 309 patients, 121 are from the Minuwangoda cluster and 188 are from the Peliyagoda fish market.

The total number of Covid 19 positive patients found in the Peliyagoda fish market increased to 240 with the new 188 positive cases case.

NOCPOC reports said new patients have been identified from Gampaha, Galle, Colombo, Matara, Kurunegala, Peliyagoda and Anuradhapura areas.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 6,287. Some 341 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 2,712 active cases.

Sixty Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,561. Of these 60, five are returnees from abroad and 55 are patients from the Minuwangoda cluster.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 2,631 with the new 121 positive cases identified.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Divulapitiya cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 03, within the first week the cluster increased to 1,186 and by third week to 2,631, with 1,328 employees and 1,303 close contacts being identified as positive cases.

Some 281 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 56,302 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 73 centres run by the armed forces is 8,632.





A total of 415,243 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 8,071 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

By this morning, 17 returnees arrived in Colombo, eight of whom flew in from Chennai, India, and nine from Narita, Japan, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Sri Lanka as at October 23 records 14 COVID-19 related deaths.

Sri Lanka police have imposed quarantine curfew in 35 police areas in five districts.

Hospitals in Minuwangoda, Welikanda, Iranawila, Rambukkana, Kamburugamuwa, Kattankudi, Hambanthota, Theldeniya, Mulleriyawa, as well as the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and the Neville Fernando Hospital and the Homagama, Ambalpola and Laggala, Pallegama hospitals have been taken over by the health services department to treat COVID-19 patients.

So far 353 patients have been reported from the free trade zone where 350are from the ‘Next Manufactures’ and the ‘Chiefway garment’, One from ‘Cosmo Loadstar’ Ja ela, Custom Office Colombo and, Micro pvt Ltd Peliyagoda.

Upon the discovery of a sub cluster of infected persons around a fish-market in Peliyagoda where officials had suspected cross-infections, prompting authorities to impose curfew in the area.

Sri Lanka’s anti-coronavirus task force had been analysing the data from the fish-market, where officials had said cross-infections may have taken place with the main cluster in Minuwangoda.

Meanwhile, a COVID-19 positive patient that was admitted to the Kosgama Hospital for treatment has escaped, NOCPOC said in a statement.

NOCPOC said the 26 year-old male patient was admitted to the hospital around 1.30 am today and the patient ran away from the hospital around 6.00 am.

The statement said the patient is a resident of Sithawaka Waththa, Kelaniya. (Colombo/Oct23/2020)

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