400 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 20,171

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 400 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (23), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, nine are returnees from abroad and the other 391 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 121 from Colombo, 112 from Gampaha, 27 from Kandy, 16 from Nuwara Eliya, nine from Kurunegala, five from Badulla, two from Kaluthara, and one each from Monaragala, Trincomalee, Matale, Kegalle, Rathnapura, Puttalam and Polonnaruwa. A further 92 cases were from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 20,171, with 6,015 active cases and 456 under investigation in hospitals.

Currently patients are undergoing treatment at 37 government hospitals and 18 intermediate hospitals administered by Sri Lanka’s military.

As at 6am today, 479 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 14,069.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 16,639, 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 10,503 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 23 it has increased to 13,580.

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

The number of people in quarantine in 42 centres run by the armed forces is 4,501.

By this morning, 324 returnees arrived in Colombo: 297 from Kuwait, 25 from Doha, Qatar, and two from Japan, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 736,959 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 12,095 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some 1,600 PCR tests are still pending.

NOCPOC said from October 04 till November 23, health authorities conducted 430,383 PCR tests.

Total COVID-19 deaths in the country has increased to 87 with four new deaths reported yesterday.

A 70-year-old female from Colombo 15 died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital on November 21 and the cause of death was cited as COVID-19 pneumonia. A 53-year-old male from Colombo 12 died on admission to the National Hospital in Colombo.The death had occurred on November 20. Health authorities cited chronic lung disease exacerbated due to COVID-19 infection as the cause of death. An 84-year-old female from Borella died on November21 at home. The cause of death mentioned was pneumonia with COVID-19 infection.

A 75-year-old male from Colombo 10 who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and transferred from the Colombo National Hospital Colombo to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH died on November 22 at the intensive care unit of the IDHl. Authorities said the cause of death was pneumonia exacerbated due to COVID-19 infection.

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

Eighteen police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts remain under lockdown. Isolation was lifted in Borella, Wellampitiya, Colombo fort and Slave Island in Colombo district and Ja-Ela and Kadawatha areas in Gampaha district at 0500 hours today.

However, Bamunuella, Bogahawatte, Kirimanthuduwa, Korawela, Atalugama-west, Galgahamandiya Grama Sevaka divisions in the Bandaragama police area in the Kalutara district will be isolated with immediate effect 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 23/2020)

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