383 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 12,570
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 383 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (06), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
All new patients belong to the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters.
The new cases break down as follows: 168 from Colombo, 157 from Gampaha, 24 from Kalutara, six from Kegalle, five from Matara, one each from Batticaloa and Kurunegala and 21 police officers.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 12,570, with 5,918 active cases and 429 under investigation in hospitals.
NOCPOC said so far 27 COVID-19 positive Advanced Level students sat for their exams at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) where they completed it successfully while undergoing treatment.
A total of 294 police officers have also tested positive for the virus.
Sri Lanka’s Welidaka prison has also confirmed six COVID-19 positive cases including four female inmates, Welikada prison Deputy Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake said.
Ekanayake said the identified cases were new prisoners that were kept in quarantine in separate cells for 14 days and were admitted to Welikanda Hospital for treatment.
He said a prison guard also tested positive for the virus and was admitted to the IDH for treatment.
A medicine dispenser in the prison had tested positive for the virus earlier and the prison complex is suspected to be the source of the virus, he added.
As at 6am today, 765 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 6,623. Of 765 recovered patients, one is a returnee from abroad while 764 are from the Minuwangoda cluster.
NOCPOC said 3,200 patients recovered from the Minuwangoda cluster by November 06.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 9,096 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 November 06 to 9,096, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory 1,007 from Peliyagoda fish market and 7,048 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 30 centres run by the armed forces is 2,420.
Some 43 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 63,644 people have completed quarantine so far.
By this morning, 34 returnees arrived in Colombo, 17 of whom flew in from Narita, Japan, 16 from Sydney, Australia and one from Doha, Qatar NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 568,774 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 11,316 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
Sri Lanka’s novel coronavirus related deaths rose to 29 with the Department of Government Information announcing that five more people had died of COVID-19 yesterday (November 5), the highest number of fatalities recorded in a single day since the virus entered the island nine months ago.
The new deaths came from the Western Province where hundreds of new cases are being discovered from random tests and deaths are being reported from people at home.
Among the dead is a 68-year-old female from Wellampitiya who had been admitted to hospital with chest pains on November 04. A 58-year-old female from Colombo 12 had died at home and tested positive for the virus post mortem. A 73-year-old female from Colombo 14 had died at home, with a lung infection related to the novel coronavirus.A 74-year-old from Colombo 15 had also died at home, due to a heart attack related to the virus. A 46-year-old male had died after being admitted to Pimbura hospital. (Colombo/Nov 06/2020)