739 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka by 6am; total cases rise to 4,252
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded 739 new COVID-19 cases as at 06.00am today (07), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
Of the 739 patients, 10 are returnees from abroad – two having returned from Japan, One Sailor from India, five from the UAE and one from the Maldives while the rest are the Brandix garment factory worker from Divulapitiya in the Gampaha district who tested positive for the novel coronavirus yesterday and her direct contacts.
At least 950 people who had maintained direct or indirect contact with the female garment factory worker have been identified so far, the Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL) said.
With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 4,252. Some 140 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals while 973 active cases.
Seven Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,266.
By this morning, 285 returnees arrived in Colombo, all of whom flew in from Korea NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
Some 46 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 49,416 people have completed quarantine so far.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 77 centres run by the armed forces is 7,356.
A total of 303,381 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with tests carried out yesterday.
Sri Lanka as of October 07 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths.
Officials said the COVID-19 Prevention Task Force is currently investigating three clusters related to the discovery of the Divulapitiya patient. As of now 830 cases have been discovered so far in these clusters.
The towns of Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya, Veyangoda, Gampaha, Kirindiwela, Dompe, Pugoda, Ganemulla, Weeragula, Weliweriya, Malwathuhiripitiya, Nittambuwa, Meerigama, Pallewela, Yakkala, Ja-ela and Kandana police areas are under police curfew.
Officials said the count in this cluster is likely to go up.
Medical personnel have conducted 2,000 plus of PCR tests in the Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya and Veyangoda areas over the past 72 hours.
As some of the Brandix staff had gone home on holidays during the long weekend cases have been detected in a number of cities and towns across the country.
NOCPOC reports said the new cases were identified in Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Gampaha, Hambanthota, Jaffna, Kegalle, Killinochchi, Kurunegala, Matale, Matara, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam and Vavuniya districts. (Colombo/Oct07/2020)