443 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 12,187

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 443 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (05), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All 443 cases belong to the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters.

The new cases break down as follows: 170 from the Colombo Municipal Council area, 42 from Colombo district, 62 from Gampaha, 20 from Kalutara, nine from Ratnapura, six from Nuwara Eliya, three each from Kandy and Matara, two each from Galle and Kurunegala, five from the Sri Lanka Broadcast Corporation (SLBC), 25 from quarantine centres and 94 police officers.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 12,187, with 6,305 active cases and 400 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 273 police officers have also tested positive for the virus.

As at 6am today, 277 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 5,858. Of the recovered patients, one is a returnee from abroad while 276 are from the Minuwangoda cluster.

NOCPOC said 2,436 patients recovered from the Minuwangoda cluster by November 04: 412 employees of the Brandix apparel factory and 2024 close contacts.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 8,713 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 05 to 8,713, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory 1,007 from Peliyagoda fish market and 6,665 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 33 centres run by the armed forces is 2,601.

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Up to 156 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 63,439 people have completed quarantine so far.

By this morning, 22 returnees arrived in Colombo, all of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 556,359 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,655 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 24 yesterday, with a 79-year-old woman who died at home in Colombo yesterday being classified as the 24th person to die of COVID-19. (Colombo/Nov 05/2020)

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