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Saturday May 15th, 2021

337 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 20,508

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 337 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (24), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, two are foreign seafarers and the other 335 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 189 from Colombo, 47 from Gampaha, 11 from Puttalam, 10 Nuwara Eliya, eight from Kandy, six each from Kalutara and Kurunegala, three from Rathnapura, one each from Anuradhapura, Badulla, Galle, Kilinochchi and Polonnaruwa. Other cases reported were 33 from the police. A further 17 cases were reported from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 1,039 including 238 Special Task Force (STF) officers, 64 Crime Branch officers, 90 officers from the Borella station, 24 from the Grandpass station, 122 from the Fort station and 10 from the Dam Street station.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 20,508, with 5,921 active cases and 462 under investigation in hospitals.

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

Colombo: 7,022, Gampaha: 5,597, Kalutara:705, Kurunegala:295, Kandy: 304, Galle: 203, Kegalle:185, Ratnapura:140, Puttalam:115, Batticoloa:71, NuwaraEliya:84, Badulla:42, Anuradhapura:38, Matale:31, Jaffna:26, Matara:30, Ampara:25, Hambanthota 22, Polonnaruwa 19, Moneragala: 16, Vavunia:14, Trincomalee:12, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:four and Mullaitivi: one.

Currently patients are undergoing treatment at 37 government hospitals and 18 intermediate hospitals administered by the military.

As at 6am today, 428 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 14,497.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 16,974, with the new positive cases identified. (Minuwangoda cluster is now at a total of 3,059, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts)

A total of 10,691 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 22, NOCPOC said.

The task force 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 Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by November 24 it has increased to 13,915.

Total COVID-19 patients found among  returnees to the country is 1,569.

The number of people in quarantine in 45 centres run by the armed forces is 4,490.

By this morning, 188 returnees arrived in Colombo: 88 from Doha, Qatar, 50 from Qatar and 50 from Abu Dhabi, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 747,638 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,679 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

NOCPOC said from October 04 till November 23, health authorities had conducted 441,062 PCR tests.

Total COVID-19 deaths in the country has increased to 90 with three new deaths reported yesterday. Sri Lanka recorded 77 deaths in October and November after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.

An 86-year-old female from Heiyanthuduwa died while undergoing treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) on November 22. Officials said worsening health due to COVID-19 was the cause of death. A 60-year-old male from Colombo 15 died while undergoing treatment at the Homagama hospital. The death occurred yesterday (23) and the cause of death was mentioned as a blood infection due to COVID-19. A 60-year-old female from Colombo 14 also died yesterday after being admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo. Officials said the cause of death was a heart attack due to COVID-19.

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

Meanwhile, Bamunuella, Bogahawatte, Kirimanthuduwa, Korawela, Atalugama-west, Galgahamandiya Grama Sevaka divisions in the Bandaragama police area in the Kalutara district have been isolated until further notice. A labour housing scheme on Wattala Church Road has also been isolated due to 35 positive cases being found there.

Eighteen police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts remain under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Ragama, Negombo, Kelaniya.

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

Grama Seveak Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda

Kalutara district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Korawala, Epitamulla, Galgemandiya, Bogahawatta, Bamunumulla Muslim Division, Bamunumulla, Kirimanthuduwa (Colombo/Nov 24/2020)


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