538 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 30,613

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 538 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (10), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the newly identified patients, one is a foreigner, 68 are returnees from abroad while 469 are from local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 304 from Colombo, 38 from Kandy, 28 from Gampaha, 27 from Kalutara, 23 from Rathnapura, 14 from Galle, 11 from Ampara, 10 from Kurunegala, six from Matara, three from Matale, two from Jaffna, one each from Nuwara Eliya, Hambantota, and polonnaruwa.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 30,613 with 8,206 active cases and 716 under investigation in hospitals.

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

However, officials said the number of patients in Colombo and Gampaha has decreased despite a surge in other areas such as Kandy and Matale.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 13,265, Gampaha: 7,266, Kalutara: 1,632, Kurunegala:431, Kandy:959, Galle: 355, Kegalle:272, Ratnapura:434, Puttalam:332, Batticaloa:78, Nuwara Eliya:210, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:109, Matale:58, Jaffna:75, Matara:69, Ampara:365, Hambantota: 78, Polonnaruwa 62, Monaragala: 23, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:21 and Mullaitivi:t13.

NOCPOC reports shows of the newly identified patients, a majority was identified in Borella and Mattakkuliya areas in the Colombo district.

As at 6am today, 461 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 22,261.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 26,981, with the new positive cases identified. (The Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059 cases, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts testing positive for the virus).

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A total of 18,853 patients from the two clusters have recovered by December 11, NOCPOC said.

The task force said four of the COVID-19 related deaths are contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster, while 49 deaths are contacts of Peliyagoda fish market cluster.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by December 11 it has increased to 23,922.

Total COVID-19 positive patients found among returnees to the country are 1,657.

The number of people in quarantine in 65 centres run by the armed forces is 6,896.

Sri Lanka recorded two more deaths yesterday bringing the total death count in the country due to COVID-19 to 146.

One of the deceased is a 66-year-old female from Colombo 02. Officials said heart failure due to COVID-19 was the cause of death.  A 54-year-old female from Weligama who recently returned to Sri Lanka from Dubai died while receiving treatment at the Homagama base hospital. Officials said exacerbation of kidney disease due to COVID19 was the cause of death.

NOCPOC reports said of 133 deaths reported after October 04, one is between 0-nine years old, three are between 10 -30 years old, four are  between 31-40 years old, 13 are between 41-50 years old, 22 are between 51-60 years old, 27 are between 61-70 years old while 63 deaths are above 71 years of age.

By this morning, 137 returnees arrived in Colombo: 46 from Qatar, 79 from Australia and 12 from Japan while another 40 from Maldives, 64 from Italy, 70 from the UK, four from Malaysia and 30 from China are also expected to return, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 971,539 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 14,416 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

The following ten police areas and 33 Grama Sevaka areas in six districts will continue to be isolated until further notice:

Colombo district

Police areas: Mutwal, Grandpass, Wolfendhal, Dam Street, Keselwaththa, Maligawaththa, Maradana, Dematagoda, Kotahena

GS areas: Wekanda, Wanathamulla, Salamul, Hunupitiya, Hatey Waththa, Kokila Road

Flats: Randiya Uyana, Laksanda Sewana, Ferguson Road South

Gampaha district

GS areas: Kerawalapitiya, Hekiththa, Kurunduhena, Evariwatta, Welikadamulla, Peliyagodawatta, Peliyagoda Gangabada, Migahawatta, Pattiya North, Welgoda North

Housing scheme: Thaladuwa Road Labours House

Kalutara district

GS areas: Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Epitamulla, Bogahawaththa, Korawala, Galgemandiya, Bamunumulla

Kandy district 

GS areas: Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta, Bogambara, Poornawatta west

Puttalam district

GS areas: Weralabada, Weralabada South, Weralabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa

Ampara district 

Police areas: Akkaraipattu (Colombo/ Dec 11/2020)

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