559 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 22,028

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 559 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.

Of the newly identified patients, five are returnees from abroad, two are foreign seafarers from Greece, while 553 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 253 from Colombo, 65 from Gampaha, 35 from Kalutara, 33 from Rathnapura, 31 from Ampara, nine from Nuwara Eliya, seven from Kagalle, six from Matale, four each from Kandy and Anuradhapura, three from Puttalam, two from Kurunegala, one each from Matara and Hambantota. A further 98 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 22,028, with 6,113 active cases and 650 under investigation in hospitals.

The task force said  health authorities have started rapid antigen tests in Atalugama, Banadaragama.

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 new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 1,500 including 256 STF officers, 64 Crime Branch officers, 90 officers from Borella station, 24 from Grand pass station, 122 from Fort station and 10 from Dam Street station. Total COVID-19 positive prisoners increased to 708.

Police said the Police Field Force headquarters will be isolated for the next 14 days with immediate effect from yesterday after identifying COVID-19 positive officers from the premises.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 8,575, Gampaha: 5,802, Kalutara:906, Kurunegala:284, Kandy: 378, Galle: 203, Kegalle:210, Ratnapura:189, Puttalam:97, Batticoloa:72, NuwaraEliya:99, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:90, Matale:37, Jaffna:19, Matara:34, Ampara:21, Hambanthota 25, Polonnaruwa 06, Moneragala: nine, Vavunia:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:nine and Mullaitivi:one.

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Currently 2,496 patients are undergoing treatment at 38 government hospitals and 3,419 patients in 19 intermediate Covid 19 centres administered by the tri-forces.

As at 6am today, 369 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 15,816.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 18,487, 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 12,437 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 27, 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.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21 by today it has increased to 15,428.

Total COVID-19 positive patients found from returnees to the country, meanwhile, is 1,574.

The number of people in quarantine in 47 centres run by the armed forces is 5,114.

By this morning, 305 returnees arrived in Colombo: 191 from Australia, 52 from Dubai, 50 from Doha, Qatar, and 12 from Japan. Some 75 people from Italy are expected to return today, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 790,896 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 12,105 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 99 yesterdays with three new deaths reported yesterday. Sri Lanka recorded 86 deaths in October and November after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.

An 87-year-old male from Colombo 08 died on November 26 at the General Hospital Colombo. A worsening lung disease and bacterial infection with COVID-19 was cited as the cause of death.

An 80-year-old male from Bambalapitiya who was diagnosed with COVID-19 died on Wednesday (25) while undergoing treatment at the Mulleriyawa base hospital. The cause of death was high blood pressure and pneumonia due to COVID-19. Another 73-year-old female from Peliyagoda died on Monday (23) while undergoing treatment at the Colombo General Hospital. Officials said worsening high blood pressure, diabetes and a stroke triggered by COVID-19 was the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Bamunuella, Bogahawatte, Kirimanthuduwa, Korawela, Atalugama-west, Galgahamandiya Grama Sevaka divisions in the Bandaragama police area in the Kalutara district, the Arachchikade police station in Chilaw, Abulugothanna and Talabugahawathta in Akurana have been isolated until further notice. A labour housing scheme on Wattala Church Road has also been isolated due to 35 positive cases being found there.

Eighteen police areas and 12 Grama Niladhari areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy and Puttalam districts remain under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Ragama, Negombo, Kelaniya.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Fore Shore, Mutwal, Kotahena, Mattakkuliya, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Maradana, Pettah and Dam street.
Grama Seveka Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda

Kalutara district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Korawala, Galagahamandiya, Bogahawatta, Bamunumulla (Muslim Division), Kirimanthudawa, Bamunumulla,Atalugama East, Epitamulla, Kola Mediriya

Kandy Districts
Grama Sevaka Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta

Puttalam District
Grama Sevaka Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada south, Werelabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa (Colombo/Nov 27/2020)

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