628 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 26,038

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 628 new COVID-19 patients, over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (04), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, one is a returnee from abroad. The other 627 are from local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 402 from Colombo, 44 from Gampaha, 35 from Ratnapura, 30 from Kalutara, 15 from Galle, 14 from Ampara, seven from Kagalle, two each from Anuradhapura and Matara, and one each from Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Mullativu, Monaragala, Matale and Jaffna. A further 44 cases were from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 26,038, with 6,877 active cases and 433 under investigation in hospitals.

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

The task force said the number of patients in prisons have increased to 1,292, with 556 reported from Welikada, 46 from the Magazine Prison, 157 from the Colombo Remand Prison, 207 from Mahara, 32 from Kuruwita Prison, and 199 from Bogambara.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 10,542, Gampaha: 6,568, Kalutara: 1,103, Kurunegala:376, Kandy:513, Galle: 279, Kegalle:260, Ratnapura:365, Puttalam:227, Batticaloa:79, NuwaraEliya:148, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:124, Matale:51, Jaffna:67, Matara:50, Ampara:134, Hambanthota 25, Polonnaruwa 06, Monaragala: 17, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:20 and Mullaitivi:ten.

Currently 2,556 patients are undergoing treatment at 38 government hospitals and 4,426 patients in 19 intermediate Covid 19 centres administered by the tri-forces.

As at 6am today, 728 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 19,032.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 22,484, 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)

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A total of 15,624 patients from the two clusters have recovered by December 04, 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.

Official reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by December 04 it has increased to 19,425.

Total COVID-19 positive patients found from returnees to the country are 1,580.

The number of people in quarantine in 59 centres run by the armed forces as of today is 6,436.

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 related deaths increased to 129 with five new deaths reported yesterday. The country recorded 114 deaths in October and November after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.

The deceased patients were from Kolonnawa, Colombo 10, Colombo 12 and Colombo 02.

By this morning, 345 returnees arrived in Colombo: 295 from Kuwait, 45 from Qatar and five from Japan, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 870,044 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 13,632 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

Fourteen police areas and 17 Grama Sevaka areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Puttalam and Ampara districts remain under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Kelaniya.

Colombo district
Woulfendhal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Mutwal, Kotahena, Bloemendhal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Maradana and Dam street.
Grama Seveka Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda, Salamul, Wijayapura, South of Ferguson Road
Flats – The Laksanda Sevana housing complex, Randiya Uyana Housing Complex

Kalutara district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Epitamulla, Bogahawaththa, Korawala, Galgemandiya, Bamunumulla

Kandy districts
Grama Sevaka Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta

Puttalam district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada south, Werelabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa

Ampara District
Akkaraipattu (Colombo/Dec04/2020)

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