401 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 18,075
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 401 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (18), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
Of the new patients, three are foreign seafarers and the other 398 belong to the local clusters.
According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 201 from Colombo, 82 from Gampaha, 32 from Kalutara, nine from Galle, four from Kandy, three from Kurunegala, two from Nuwara Eliya, one from Puttalam (334). Other cases reported were 15 inmates at the Colombo Prison Remand, five from Welikada prison, five from New Magazine prison, one from prison headquarters, 27 police officers four from quarantine centres.
The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 825 including 197 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. Total COVID-19 positive prison inmates is at 505.
The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows:
Colombo: 6,100 patients, Gampaha: 5,100, Kalutara: 650, Ratnapura: 112, Galle: 137, Kegalle: 186, Kurunegala: 253, Nuwara Eliya: 50, Jaffna: 20, Anuradhapura: 14, Kilinochchi: three, Matale: 29, Mannar: 10, Vavuniya: 14, Ampara: 22, Matara: 27, Trincomalee: 11, Batticaloa: 70, Polonnaruwara: six, Monaragala: nine, Badulla: 34, Hambantota: 20, and Mullativu one.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 18,075, with 5,799 active cases and 516 under investigation in hospitals.
Currently 2,195 are undergoing treatment at 37 government hospitals while 3,029 patients are being treated at 18 intermediate hospitals administered by the tri-forces.
As at 6am today, 404 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 12,209.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 14,564, with the new positive cases identified. (Peliyagoda cluster is now at a total of 11,505)
A total of 8,785 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 17, NOCPOC said.
NOCPOC 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 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 3,223.
By this morning, 297 returnees arrived in Colombo: 289 from Dubai, one from Doha, Qatar, and seven from Mumbai, India, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 691,948 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 8,743 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 66 yesterdays with five new deaths reported from Moratuwa, Colombo 10 and Colombo 13.
NOCPOC said some 30,000 people who are close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients are in self-quarantine.
Sri Lanka lifted the isolation imposed on the Western Province from November 15 midnight. However, 25 police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts remain under lockdown until further notice.
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Ja ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Negombo, Kelaniya.
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/Nov18/2020)