ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 586 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.
Of the 586 new patients, three are coast guards from Nepal and one is a Sri Lanka coast guard and the rest are local patients from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters.
The breakdown of the patients are as follows: 209 from Colombo, 199 from Gampaha, 46 from Jaffna, four from Badulla, two each from Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Rathnapura, one each from Kegalle, Hambanthota and Monaragala areas, with 115 from quarantine centres.
With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 9,791. Some 435 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 5,630 active cases.
Sixty-seven Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 4,142. All recovered patients are from the Minuwangoda cluster.
NOCPOC said 728 patients recovered from the Minuwangoda cluster by October 30.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 5,731 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 28 to 6,313, with 1,041 employees and 5,313 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 64 centres run by the armed forces is 6.463.
Some 584 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 59,314 people have completed quarantine so far.
A total of 490,563 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 11,773 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
By this morning, 18 returnees arrived in Colombo, all of whom flew in from Narita, Japan NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
Sri Lanka’s coronavirus related deaths rose to 19 with three patients in intensive care passing away on October 27, a 41-year-old, a 19-year-old and an 87-year-old, the state information office quoted the island’s health chief as saying.
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.
Meanwhile, the entire Western Province is under Qurantine curfew from today (October 30) until 5 am Monday (November 02) in an effort to contain COVID-19 spreading.
“In the meantime, the ongoing curfew in the Gampaha district and in 21 police areas in Colombo and the five police areas in Kalutara will continue,” Silva told reporters earlier this week.
Friday (30) is a Poya day (a public, bank and mercantile holiday) in Sri Lanka, and the curfew will cover the duration of the coming long-weekend in the Western Province.
Silva further said areas that are already under curfew will continue to be under curfew after November 02 until further notice. (Colombo/Oct 30/2020)