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510 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 13,929

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 510 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (09), 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: 213 from Colombo, 183 from Gampaha, 12 from Kurunegala, six from Kalutara, nine from Galle, four from Kegalle, three from Kandy, two from Nuwara Eliya, one each from Batticaloa, Badulla, Ampara, Monaragala, Trincomalee, one police officers and 72 from the Welikada prison.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 13,929, with 5,608 active cases and 297 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 562 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 8,285. All 562 are recoveries from the Minuwangoda cluster. A total of 4,863 patients from the Minuwangoda cluster have recovered by November 09, NOCPOC said.

The number of patients reported from the cluster has increased to 10,451, 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 09 to 10,451, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory 1,007 from Peliyagoda fish market and 8,403 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 27 centres run by the armed forces is 2,409. A total of 63,921 people have completed quarantine so far. NOCPOC reports said no people left the quarantine facilities after completing quarantine time.

By this morning, one returnee arrived in Colombo, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 602,850 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,632 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some 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 is 7,466. A total of 4,869 patients are receiving treatment in these facilities. Of these patients, 32 are returnees while 4,837 are close contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster.

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On November 08, a 78-year-old died on admission to hospital due to a heart-attack and was confirmed to have had COVID-19 at the post-mortem, the state information office said.

Some of the new cases being discovered are turning out to be those in home quarantine where health officials have already tracked down lines of transmission, officials said.

Sri Lanka has lifted novel coronavirus curfews with effect from Monday 0500hours with COVID-19 hotspots under isolation, but officials are urging the public not to move out of their homes unless it is essential.

Army Chief Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said several police areas in Colombo, Kurunegala and Kuliyapitiya remain under isolation. However, food deliveries can take place in these ares, he said. Several flats in Colombo remain under strict isolation.

Colombo district isolated areas:
Mattakkuliya, Modara, Bloemendal, Kotahena,Granpass, Seashore police area, Adirippu Weediya, Maligawatta, Dematagoda, Wellampitiya, Borella and Keselwatta police areas.

Colombo district highly restricted areas (movement outside of residence strictly prohibited):
Mattakkuliya: Methsanda Sevana flats, Minijayasevana flats
Modara: Ranmuthu Sevana flats
Grandpass: Muwadora uyana
Dematagoda: Sirisara Uyana
Maligawatta: NHS flats

Gampaha district isolated areas:
Wattala, Peliyagoda, Kadawatha, Ragama, Negombo, Pamunugama, Jaela and Sapugaskanda

Kalutara district isolated areas:
Horana, Ingiriya police divisions and Wekada-west Grama Niladhari division

Kurunegala district isolated areas:
Kurunegala Municipal Council area and Kuliyapitiya police division

Kegalle district isolated areas:
Mawanella and Ruwanwella police divisions. (Colombo/Nov09/2020)

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