335 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 9,205

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 335 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (29), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All patients are from the Peliyagoda and Minuwangoda clusters.

The 335 new positive patients, 237 are from Colombo. The remainder breaks down as follows: 75 from Gampaha, 10 from Kalutara, four each from Kurunegala and Nuwara Eliya, three from Hambantota and one each from Galle and Puttalam districts.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 9,205. Some 432 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 5,111 active cases.

Thirty-two Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 4,075. All recovered patients are from the Minuwangoda cluster.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 5,731 with the new positive cases identified.

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 October 28 to 5,398, with 1,041 employees and 4,690 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Reports showed that the Peliyagoda cluster has increased to 1,007 bringing the total cases in the new wave to 5,731.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 70 centres run by the armed forces is 7,039.

Up to 927 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 58,697 people have completed quarantine so far.

A total of 477,156 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 7,870 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some 1,176 PCR tests are still pending.

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By this morning, 17 returnees arrived in Colombo, 12 of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar and five from Abu Dhabi NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Sri Lanka’s coronavirus related deaths rose to 19 with three patients in intensive care passing away on October 27, a 41-year-old, a 19-year-old and an 87-year-old, the state information office quoted the island’s health chief as saying.

Hospitals in Minuwangoda, Welikanda, Iranawila, Rambukkana, Kamburugamuwa, Kattankudi, Hambanthota, Theldeniya, Mulleriyawa, as well as the 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.

Meanwhile, Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said Sri Lanka will impose quarantine curfew in the entire Western Province from midnight today (October 29) until 5 am Monday (November 02) in an effort to contain COVID-19 that’s spreading “faster than before”.

“In the meantime, the ongoing curfew in the Gampaha district and in 21 police areas in Colombo and the five police areas in Kalutara will continue,” Silva told reporters yesterday.

Friday (30) is a Poya day (a public, bank and mercantile holiday) in Sri Lanka, and the curfew will cover the duration of the coming long-weekend in the Western Province.

Silva further said areas that are already under curfew will continue to be under curfew after November 02 until further notice. (Colombo/Oct 29/2020)

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