385 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 15,723

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 385 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (13), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, four are returnees from abroad while 681 belong to the Minuwangoda and peliyagoda clusters.

The 381 cases break down as follows: 271 from Colombo, 46 from Gampaha, 12 from Kalutara, 10 from Kegalle, four from Galle, two from Polonnaruwa and one each from Puttalam, Rathnapura, Hambantota and Matale. Other cases reported were 12 inmates at the Welikada prison and 20 police officers who also tested positive for the virus.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 696. Total COVID -19 prison inmates is at 172.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total COVID-19 cases has increased to 15,723, with 5,022 active cases and 428 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 470 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 10,653. All are recoveries from the Minuwangoda cluster. A total of 7,230 patients from the Minuwangoda cluster have recovered by November 12, NOCPOC said.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters together has increased to 12,226, with the new positive cases identified. (Peliyagoda cluster is now at a total of 9,120).

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 12 to 3,106, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,65 close contacts.

The number of people in quarantine in 30 centres run by the armed forces is 2,845.

By this morning, 16 returnees arrived in Colombo from Japan, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

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A total of 637,122 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,111 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 48 yesterday with two deaths reported from Colombo and Meegoda areas.

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

Sri Lanka has locked down 30 police areas and nine divisional secretary areas in five districts, in addition the Western province being isolated. No travel outside the Western province is permitted until midnight November 15.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Sapugaskanda, Ja ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Negombo, Pamunugama, Kadana and Mahabage.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Fore Shore, Modara, Kotahena, Mattakkuliya, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Borella, Wellampitiya and Angulana.

Kalutara district
Panadura south, Horana and Ingiriya.

Kurunegala district
Kurunegala Municipal Council (Iluppu Gedara, Kadaweediya) and Kuliyapitiya.

Kegalle district
Ruwanwella and Mawanella. (Colombo/Nov13/2020)

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