644 COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 15,350

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 644 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (12), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the new patients, 10 are returnees from abroad while 634 belong to the Minuwangoda and peliyagoda clusters.

The 634 cases break down as follows: 273 from Colombo, 136 from Gampaha, 25 from Kandy, 18 from Kalutara,five from Matara, four from Puttalam, three from Galle, two from Hambantota and one each from Ratnapura, Ampara, Nuwara-Eliya, Badulla and Jaffna. Other cases reported were 78 positive cases from the China Harbour Engineering Company and the Colombo port, six inmates at the Bogambara prison, four from the Asia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and one from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), 74 police officers also tested positive for the virus.

The new police cases bring the count of total COVID-19 positive police officers to 676. This includes 145 Special Task Force officers.

NOCPOC said the new cases include 49 patients identified from a construction site belonging to WelcomHotels Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a unit of India’s ITC group near the Galle Face green. Among that group are 15 Indian nationals. Another 47 Chinese nationals from the Colombo Port City construction site also tested positive for the virus yesterday.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 15,350, with 5,121 active cases and 523 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 646 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 10,183. All are recoveries from the Minuwangoda cluster. A total of 6,760 patients from the Minuwangoda cluster have recovered by November 12, NOCPOC said. The number of patients reported from the cluster has increased to 11,857, 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 November 12 to 11,857 a 3.74 percent of the total tested people, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory 1,007 from Peliyagoda fish market and 9,814 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
The number of people in quarantine in 29 centres run by the armed forces is 2,690.

Meanwhile, two people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 64,265 people have completed quarantine so far.

By this morning, 56 returnees arrived in Colombo: 31 from Doha, Qatar and 25 from Pakistan. Another 20 have yet to return from Oman, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

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A total of 629,315 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 10,207 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 46 yesterday with five deaths reported.

Sri Lanka has locked down 30 police areas and nine divisional secretary areas in five districts, in addition the Western province being isolated. No travel outside the Western province is permitted until midnight November 15.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Sapugaskanda, Ja ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Negombo, Pamunugama, Kadana and Mahabage.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Fore Shore, Modara, Kotahena, Mattakkuliya, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Borella, Wellampitiya and Angulana.

Kalutara district
Panadura south, Horana and Ingiriya.

Kurunegala district
Kurunegala Municipal Council (Iluppu Gedara, Kadaweediya) and Kuliyapitiya.

Kegalle district
Ruwanwella and Mawanella. (Colombo/Nov12/2020)

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