ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 798 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (09), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
Of the newly identified patients, one is a returnee from abroad while 787 are from the local clusters.
According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 526 from Colombo, 97 from Gampaha, 53 from Kalutara, 44 from Ampara, 40 from Kandy, 15 from Rathnapura, 11 from kurunegala, six from NuwaraEliya, three from Galle, one each from Kagalle and Matale.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 29,378 with 7,978 active cases and 491 under investigation in hospitals.
NOCPOC reports show the majority of cases identified within the past 24 hours in the Colombo districts are from Colombo Municipal Council area.
However, officials said the number of patients in Colombo and Gampaha has decreased despite a surge in other areas.
The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 12,604, Gampaha: 7,019, Kalutara: 1,589, Kurunegala:413, Kandy:883, Galle: 338, Kegalle:272, Ratnapura:401, Puttalam:271, Batticaloa:78, Nuwara Eliya:206, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:109, Matale:54, Jaffna:76, Matara:71, Ampara:329, Hambantota: 26, Polonnaruwa 62, Monaragala: 23, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:21 and Mullaitivi:t13.
NOCPOC reports shows of the newly identified patients, a majority were identified Borella, Slave Island, Maradana and Mattakkuliya in the Colombo district and Mahara in the Gampaha district.
As at 6am today, 454 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 25,818, 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 17,850 patients from the two clusters have recovered by December 09, 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 09 it has increased to 22,759.
Total COVID-19 positive patients found among returnees to the country are 1,586.
The number of people in quarantine in 62 centres run by the armed forces is 6,594.
NOCPOC reports said of 129 deaths reported after October 04,2020, three are between 10 -30 years old, four are between 31-40 years old, 13 are between 41-50 years old, 21 are between 51-60 years old, 25 are between 61-70 years old while 63 deaths are above 71 years of age.
By this morning, 289 returnees arrived in Colombo, 158 from UAE, 48 from Qatar 41 from Maldives and 42 from Dubai while 218 from Malaysia, 35 from Bangladesh, six each from India and China, three from Maldives is yet to return, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 941,468 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 11,182 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
NOCPOC issuing a statement said discussions on establishing special COVID-19 treatment centres for prison inmates and dispensation of isolation on flats took place with the participation of State Minister of Primary Health Services, Control of Epidemics and COVID-19 Dr Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Head, NOCPCOC, Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army Lt Gen Shavendra Silva and Medical Specialist & Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Asela Gunawardena yesterday.
The army chief had told the meeting that several special COVID-19 treatment centres with security provided by the army would be set up in Jaffna, Kandakadu and Gallella areas as per directives given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to treat the Covid19 positive cases detected from the prisons, a task force statement said.
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 will be isolated from 0700 hours Monday along with Hunupitiya.
In the Wattala police areas, Kerawalapitiya, Hekiththa, Kurunduhena, Evariwatta and Welikadamulla GS divisions will be isolated from 0500hours on Monday 07 December.
Other areas in Wattala police divisions have been released from isolation.
In the Peliyagoda police division, Peliyagodawatta, Peliyagoda Gangabada, Meegahawatta and Pattiya North GS divisions will be isolated from 0500 hours today.
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 will be isolated from Monday.
Isolation will be lifted in the Kelaniya police division, Bloemendhal and Wijayapura GS division of Wellampitiya police areas as well.
The 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, Mahayyawa
GS Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada South, Weralabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa
Police Areas – Akkareipaththu (Colombo/Dec09/2020)