382 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 17,674

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 382 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (17), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Among the new patients are five  Sri Lanka seafarers and three are foreign seafarers. The remaining 374 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the 464 cases break down as follows: 231 from Colombo, 42 from Gampaha, 20 from Kalutara, 11 from Kurunegala, two from Galle, one each from Ratnapura, Kagalle, Monaragala, Kurunegala, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya. Other cases reported were 41 inmates at the Bogambara prison, one from Welikada prison, eight from quarantine centres, eight police officers and five Special Task Force (STF)  officers also tested positive for the virus.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 785, with 191 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. Total COVID -19 positive prison inmates has increased to 477.

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

Colombo: 5,899 cases, Gampaha: 4,998, Kalutara: 618, Ratnapura: 112, Galle: 128, Kegalle: 186 Kurunegala: 250, Nuwara Eliya: 48, Jaffna: 20 and Monaragala: nine.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 17,674, with 5,807 active cases and 464 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 311 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 11,806.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 14,154, with the new positive cases identified. (Peliyagoda cluster is now at a total of 11,048)

A total of 8,381 patients from the clusters have recovered by November 17, NOCPOC said.

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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 17 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 3,281.

By this morning, 55 returnees arrived in Colombo: 26 from Dubai and 59 from Doha, Qatar, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 680,843 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,713 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 61 yesterdays with three new deaths reported from Moratuwa, Colombo 10 and Colombo 13 areas:

An 84-year-old female from Moratuwa who died at home. Health officials said a worsening of diabetes with COVID-19 was the cause of death.
A 70-year-old male from Colombo 10 passed away yesterday while receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH). Health officials said the patient was suffering from a kidney disease and a worsening of his condition due to COVID-19 was the cause of death.
A 75-year-old male from Colombo 13 who died while being admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. Officials cited worsening of diabetes and coronary artery disease due to COVID-19 as the cause of death.

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

Sri Lanka lifted off isolation in Western Province from November 15 midnight, However, 25 police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts are still 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/Nov17/2020)

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