327 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 18,402

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 327 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (19), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, two are foreign seafarers and the other 325 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 157 from Colombo, 111 from Gampaha, six from Ratnapura, three from Galle, two each from Kalutara, Anuradhapura and Matara, one each from Puttalam, Kurunegala, Nuwara Eliya and Badulla. Other cases reported were 21 inmates at the Welikada prison, two police officers, six Special Task Force (STF) officers and nine from quarantine centres.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 843 including 203 STF officers, 69 Crime Branch officers, 98 officers from the Borella station, 24 from the Grandpass station, 139 from the Fort station and 10 from the Dam Street station. Total COVID-19 positive prison inmates are at 532.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows:

Colombo: 6,141 patients, Gampaha: 5,667, Kalutara: 610, Ratnapura: 133, Galle: 183, Kegalle: 139, Kurunegala: 245, Nuwara Eliya: 50, Jaffna: 18, Anuradhapura: 52, Kilinochchi: three, Matale: 30, Mannar: 10, Vavuniya: 14, Ampara: 21, Matara: 28, Trincomalee: 12, Batticaloa: 71, Polonnaruwara: four, Monaragala: eight, Badulla: 36, Hambantota: 20, and Mullativu one.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 18,402, with 5,746 active cases and 489 under investigation in hospitals.

Currently 2,717 are undergoing treatment at 37 government hospitals while 3,029 patients are being treated at 18 intermediate hospitals administered by the tri-forces.

As at 6am today, 377 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 12,587.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 14,889, with the new positive cases identified. (Peliyagoda cluster is now at a total of 11,830)

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A total of 9,162 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 19, NOCPOC said.

NOCPOC said four of the COVID-19 related deaths are contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster while 49 deaths are contacts of Peliyagoda fish market cluster.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Minuwangoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 03, within the first week the cluster increased to 1,186 and by November 19 to 3,106, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,065 close contacts.

The number of people in quarantine in 33 centres run by the armed forces is 3,419.

By this morning, 39 returnees arrived in Colombo, all of whom are from Doha, Qatar, with 30 from Oman and 13 from Pakistan yet to return, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 702,254 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 11,105 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

Total COVID-19 deaths in the country increased to 69 yesterdays with three new deaths reported from Kandana, Colombo 12 and Colombo 13.

NOCPOC said some 30,000 people who are close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients are in self-quarantine.

Sri Lanka lifted the isolation imposed on the Western Province from November 15 midnight.

However, 25 police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts remain under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Ja ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Negombo, Kelaniya.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Fore Shore, Mutwal, Kotahena, Mattakkuliya, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Borella, Wellampitiya, Maradana, Colombo Fort, Pettah, Slaveisland, Angulana and Dam street.

However, NOCPOC said companies operating under the Board of Investment and the Export Development Board along with essential government services in lockdown areas in Colombo district will be permitted to resume services under strict supervision of the health officers in the area. (Colombo/Nov 19/2020)

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