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468 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 16,191

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 468 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (14), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, four are returnees from abroad while 464 belong to the local clusters.

The 464 cases break down as follows: 282 from Colombo, 43 from Gampaha, 10 from Kalutara, six each from Kurunegala and Ratnapura, four from Galle, three from Kandy, two each from Puttalam, Matale, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya and one each from Hambantota, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Matara and Badulla. Other cases included in yesterday’s total were 75 inmates at the Welikada prison and 17 police officers who also tested positive for the virus.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 713. Total infected prison inmates are 247.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 16,191, with 5,107 active cases and 501 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 378 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 11,031. All are recoveries from the Minuwangoda cluster.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 12,690, with the new positive cases identified. (Peliyagoda cluster is now at a total of 9,584)

A total of 7,606 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 13, NOCPOC said.

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 13 to 3,106, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,065 close contacts.

The number of people in quarantine in 31 centres run by the armed forces is 2,956.

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By this morning, 77 returnees arrived in Colombo: 45 from Doha, Qatar and 32 from Chennai, India. Four from Abu Dhabi are to return to Colombo today, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 650,257 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 9,575 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 53 yesterday with five deaths reported from Colombo13, Colombo, Chilaw and Ratmalana 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/Nov14/2020)

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