541 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 8,413

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 541 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (27), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All patients are from Peliyagoda and Minuwangoda clusters.

Quarantine Centres – 42 

Gampaha – 304
(Gampaha – 52, Mahara – 67, Kelaniya – 74, Wattala – 08, Miriswaththa – 02, Peliyagoda – 10, Ja Ela – 74, Udugampola – 01, Ganemulla – 02, Gampaha – 02, Kandana – 03, Minuwangoda – 09)

Colombo – 191
(Colombo (1 – 18) – 77, Biyagama – 63, Kotikawaththa – 04, Moratuwa – 02, Modara – 04, Kaduwela – 01, Kotahena – 04, Mulleriyawa – 02, Mattakkuliya – 06, Kolonnawa – 02, Angoda – 02, Kiribathgoda – 01, Gonawala – 01, Orugodawaththa – 02, Panchikawaththa – 01, Keselwaththa – 01, Weboda – 03, Grandpass – 03, Wellampitiya – 12)

Kegalle – 01
(Deraniyagala – 01)

 Kandy – 01
(Nawalapitiya – 01)

Badulla – 01
(Haliela – 01)

Puttalam – 01
(Dankotuwa – 01)

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 8,413. Some 527 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 4,464 active cases.

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Hundred and thirty Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,933. All recovered patients are from the Minuwangoda cluster.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 4,941 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 October 27 to 4,400, with 1,041 employees and 3,900 close contacts being identified as positive cases.

NOCPOC said 16 students facing the Advanced Level examination have also tested positive for the virus. They will continue their exams at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda, officials said.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 75 centres run by the armed forces is 8.090.

A total of 458,518 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 7,682 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

By this morning, 17 returnees arrived in Colombo, 11 of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar, and six from Abu Dhabi NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Sri Lanka’s coronavirus related deaths rose to 16 with a 70-year-old patient in intensive care passing away, the state information office quoted the island’s health chief as saying.

Sri Lanka police have imposed quarantine curfew in 54 Police areas and 36 divisional secretary areas in six districts.

Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva issuing a statement said Hatton town has been declared as an isolated area with immediate effect today.

Hospitals in Minuwangoda, Welikanda, Iranawila, Rambukkana, Kamburugamuwa, Kattankudi, Hambanthota, Theldeniya, Mulleriyawa, as well as the IDH and the Neville Fernando Hospital and the Homagama, Ambalpola and Laggala, Pallegama hospitals have been taken over by the health services department to treat COVID-19 patients.

The army chief said first contacts of confirmed patients would no longer be quarantined in centres.

“Until today all first contacts of a confirmed patient were taken to a quarantine centre. But in the future, the first contacts will be home quarantined. When home quarantining we hope that they will stay at home and engage in quarantine. We expect they will not go out and be a threat to their neighbours or society,” he said. (Colombo/Oct 27/2020)

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