ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 703 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (08), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
All newly identified patients are from local clusters.
According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 371 from Colombo, 102 from Gampaha, 64 from Kalutara, 51 from Ampara, 46 from Hambantota, 25 from Kandy, 22 from Nuwara Eliya, 12 from Galle, five from Puttalam, two from Anuradhapura, and one each from Kurunegala, Matale and Battic2aloa.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 28,580 with 7,634 active cases and 491 under investigation in hospitals.
NOCPOC reports show a majority of cases identified within the past 24 hours in the Colombo district are from the Colombo Municipal Council area. However, officials said the number of patients in Colombo and Gampaha has decreased despite a surge seen in other areas.
The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 11,706, Gampaha: 6,776, Kalutara: 1,339, Kurunegala: 373, Kandy: 784, Galle: 308, Kegalle: 270, Ratnapura: 380, Puttalam: 271, Batticaloa: 78, Nuwara Eliya: 154, Badulla: 48, Anuradhapura: 109, Matale: 40, Jaffna: 76, Matara: 71, Ampara: 230, Hambantota: 26, Polonnaruwa 62, Monaragala: 23, Vavuniya: 14, Trincomalee: 13, Mannar: 10, Kilinochchi: 21 and Mullaitivi:t13.
According to official reports, of the patients who tested positive in the past 24 hours, a majority were identified in Borella, Slave Island and Dematagoda areas in the Colombo district and Mahara in the Gampaha district.
As at 6am today, 344 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 20,804.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 25,021, with the new positive cases identified. (The Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059 cases, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts testing positive for the virus).
A total of 17,396 patients from the two clusters have recovered as of today, 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.
NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by December 08 it has increased to 21,962.
Total COVID-19 positive patients found among returnees to the country are 1,585.
The number of people in quarantine in 64 centres run by the armed forces is 6,878.
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 related deaths increased to 142 with two new deaths reported yesterday. The country recorded 129 deaths from October 04 to December 07 after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.
The deaths reported yesterday were from the Colombo and Colombo 13 (CMC area).
NOCPOC reports said of 129 deaths reported after October 04,2020, three are between 10-30 years old, four are 31-40 years old, 13 are 41-50 years old, 21 are 51-60 years old, 25 are 61-70 years old, and 63 deaths are above 71 years of age.
By this morning, 432 returnees arrived in Colombo: 288 from Bahrain, 144 from Qatar, while 54 from Abu Dhabi, 34 from Italy, 56 from UK and 28 from India are to return today, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 889,155 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 13,831 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has isolated the Hunupitiya Grama Niladhari division in Slave Island, sections of Cinnamon Gardens and the Wellawatte police in Colombo and parts of Wattala, Peliyagoda and Kiribathgoda police areas.
Hateywatte and Kokila Road in Wellawatte have been isolated 7pm yesterday along with Hunupitiya.
In the Wattala police areas, Kerawalapitiya, Hekiththa, Kurunduhena, Evariwatta and Welikadamulla GS divisions have also been isolated from 5pm yesterday.
Other areas in Wattala police divisions, meanwhile, have been released from isolation.
In the Peliyagoda police division, Peliyagodawatta, Peliyagoda Gangabada, Meegahawatta and Pattiya North GS divisions have been isolated from 0500 hours yesterday.
Isolation has been lifted in other parts of Peliyagoda.
The Kelaniya police area has also been released from COVID-19 isolation.
In Kiribathgoda, Welegoda North GS division have been isolated since Monday.
Isolation will be lifted in the Kelaniya police division, Bloemendhal and Wijayapura GS division of Wellampitiya police areas as well.
Following police areas and Grama Sevaka areas will continue to be isolated until further notice:
Police Areas – Mutwal, Grandpass, Wolfendhal, Dam Street, Keselwaththa, Maligawaththa, Maradana, Dematagoda, Kotahena
GS Areas –Wekanda, Wanathamulla, Salamul, Hunupitiya, 60 Waththa, Kokila Road
Flats – Randiya Uyana, Laksanda Sewana, Ferguson Road South
GS Areas – Kerawalapitiya, Hekiththa, Kurunduhena, Evariwatta, Welikadamulla, Peliyagodawatta, Peliyagoda Gangabada, Migahawatta, Pattiya North, Welgoda North
Housing Scheme – Thaladuwa Road Labours House
GS Areas – Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Epitamulla, Bogahawaththa, Korawala, Galgemandiya, Bamunumulla
GS Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta, Bogambara
GS Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada South, Weralabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa
Police Areas – Akkareipaththu (Colombo/Dec08/2020)