496 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 23,484

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 496 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (30), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All newly identified patients belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows:167 from Colombo, 56 from Gampaha, 53 from Puttalam, nine from Kurunegala, eight each from Ratnapura and Kalutara, six from Kandy, five each from Ampara and Kegalle, four each from Nuwara Eliya and Mannar, three each from Galle and Badulla, two each from Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, and one each from Hambantota and Matale. A further 159 cases were from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.

NOCPOC reports show the majority of cases identified during the past 24 hours from the Colombo district are from Colombo Municipal Council area.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 23,484, with 6,366 active cases and 498 under investigation in hospitals.

The task force said the number of patients in prisons have increased to 1,098 with 386 reported from the Welikada prison, 46 from the Magazine Prison, 157 from Colombo Remand Prison, 198 from Mahara, 32 from the Kuruwita prison, and 175 from the Bogambara prison.

Meanwhile, health authorities are conducting random PCR tests island wide using the rapid antigen test kits. Sri Lanka health authorities imported 200,000 rapid antigen kits in early November. Officials said the kits will be used to identify patients in Board of Investment (BOI) companies in the Katunayake export processing zone.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 8,713, Gampaha: 5,865, Kalutara:909, Kurunegala:298, Kandy: 380, Galle: 204, Kegalle:215, Ratnapura:224, Puttalam:100, Batticaloa:77, NuwaraEliya:103, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:91, Matale:37, Jaffna:20, Matara:34, Ampara:21, Hambanthota 25, Polonnaruwa 06, Monaragala: ten, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:nine and Mullaitivi:one.

Currently 2,488 patients are undergoing treatment at 38 government hospitals and 3,414 patients in 19 intermediate Covid 19 centres administered by the tri-forces.

As at 6am today, 346 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 17,002.

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The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 19,773, with the new positive cases identified. (Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts)

A total of 13,594 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 30, 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.

Official reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by November 30 it has increased to 16,714.

Total COVID-19 positive patients found from returnees to the country is 1,575.

The number of people in quarantine in 54 centres run by the armed forces is 5,537.

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 related deaths has increased to 116 with seven new deaths reported yesterday. Sri Lanka recorded 103 deaths in October and November after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.

The seven deaths reported yesterday are as follows:
A 50-year-old female from Colombo 02 who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and transferred to the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital from the General Hospital Colombo. She died on Saturday (28) at the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital ICU. The cause of death was cited as COVID-19 pneumonia and chronic lung disease.
A 48-year-old male from Gothatuwa who died last Friday (27) in his residence. Officials said the cause of death was COVID-19 pneumonia with chronic lung disease and exacerbated diabetes.

The third was a 73-year-old male from Moratuwa who died yesterday (29) while being treated for COVID-19 at the Homagama Base Hospital. Exacerbated pneumonia with COVID-19 was cited as the cause of death.
A 70-year-old male from Chilaw who died yesterday at the Chilaw Base Hospital. The cause of death was diabetes, high blood pressure and a stroke due to COVID-19.
A 51-year-old female from Akuressa who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and transferred to the Homagama Base Hospital from the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. She died last Friday (27) and officials said COVID-19 pneumonia with chronic kidney disease was the cause of death.

A 90-year-old female from Colombo 13. She was transferred to the Homagama Base Hospital from the Colombo General Hospital and died yesterday (29). The cause of death is Covid-19 pneumonia.

A 78-year-old male from Maradana who died on admission to  hospital last Friday (27). The cause of death is lung dysfunction due to COVID-19.

By this morning, 350 returnees arrived in Colombo: 275 from Korea, 53 from Japan, 21 from Doha, Qatar, and one from India. Three people from Pakistan are to return today, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 815,897 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 13,065 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

Fourteen police areas and 17 Grama Sevaka areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Puttalam and Ampara districts remain under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Kelaniya.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Mutwal, Kotahena, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Maradana and Dam street.

Grama Sevaka Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda, Salamul, Wijayapura, South of Ferguson Road
Flats – The Laksanda Sevana housing complex, Randiya Uyana Housing Complex

Kalutara district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Epitamulla, Kola Mediriya

Kandy district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta

Puttalam district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada south, Werelabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa

Ampara district
Akkaraipattu (Colombo/Nov 28/2020)

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