430 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 14,715

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 430 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (11), 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: 251 from Colombo, 18 from Gampaha, 16 from Kalutara, eight from Rathnapura, seven from Kegalle, six from Puttalam, four from Kandy, two from Galle and one each from Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Nuwara-Eliya, two inmates and one each from Bogambara and Kuruwita prisons.

As of this morning, 91 police officers also tested positive for COVID-19 out of which 82 are from the Fort Police, six from Police Headquarters, one each from Slave Island, Special Bureau and Sport Division bringing the total Covid 19 positive police officers to 612 including 145 Special Task Force officers.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 14,715, with 5,137 active cases and 493 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 657 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 9,537. Out of 657 one is a returnee from abroad while 565 are recoveries from the Minuwangoda cluster. A total of 6,114 patients from the Minuwangoda cluster have recovered by November 11, NOCPOC said.

The number of patients reported from the cluster has increased to 11,237, 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 11 to 11,237 a 3.74 percent of the total tested people, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory 1,007 from Peliyagoda fish market and 9,189 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 28 centres run by the armed forces is 2,277.

Eight people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 64,263 people have completed quarantine so far.

By this morning, 430 returnees arrived in Colombo, 320 from Dubai, 110 from Ethiopia and 66 people are yet to return from Mumbai, India NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

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A total of 619,108 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 8,272 tests carried out yesterday NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some 805 PCR tests are still pending.

NOCPOC reports showed treatment centres administrated by the military have increased to 16 covering seven provinces in the country. The total capacity of these centres has increased to 8,562. A total of 4,407 patients are receiving treatment in these facilities. All are close contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster.

Meanwhile, total COVID-19 deaths in the country has increased to 41 with five deaths reported yesterday.

These include a 48-year-old chronic cancer sufferer from Ragama who died at his home, a 51-year-old male resident of an elders’ home in Rajagiriya who died after being admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo on November 7 and a 45-year-old male resident of Colombo 10 who was admitted to hospital on October 23 and passed away there. A 63-year-old female resident of Udugampola who had been admitted to the Gampaha District Hospital on November 09 had died. An unidentified (55-60-year-old) male had been presented for a post-mortem on November 10.

Sri Lanka has locked down 30 police areas including nine provincial councils in five districts.

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

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

Kalutara district
Panadura south, Horana and Ingiriya.

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

Kegalle district
Ruwanwella and Mawanella (Colombo/Nov11/2020)

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