866 new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 7,153
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 866 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (24), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
Of the 866 patients, one is a returnee from South Korea. The breakdown of the remaining 865 are as follows: 535 from the Peliyagoda fish market, 140 from Colombo, 87 from Gampaha, 48 from quarantine centres, 20 from the Beruwala fishing harbour, 15 from Kurunegala, five from Galle fishing harbour, three each from Galle and Badulla, two each from Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya and Anuradhapura, and one each from Rathnapura, Kandy and Matara.
With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 7,153. Some 426 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 3,495 active cases.
83 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,644. Of these 83, five are returnees from abroad and 78 are patients from the Minuwangoda cluster.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 3,684 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 third week to 23,684, with 1,041 employees and 2,643 close contacts being identified as positive cases.
NOCPOC said 16 students facing the Advanced Level examination have also tested positive for the virus. They will continue their exams at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda, officails said.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 73 centres run by the armed forces is 8,455.
A total of 423,332 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 8,641 tests carried out yesterday. NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
By this morning, 29 returnees arrived in Colombo,all of whom flew in from Doha,Qatar NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
Sri Lanka as at October 24 records 14 COVID-19 related deaths.
Sri Lanka police have imposed quarantine curfew in 40 Police areas in five districts.
Hospitals in Minuwangoda, Welikanda, Iranawila, Rambukkana, Kamburugamuwa, Kattankudi, Hambanthota, Theldeniya, Mulleriyawa, as well as the IDH and the Neville Fernando Hospital and the Homagama, Ambalpola and Laggala, Pallegama hospitals have been taken over by the health services department to treat COVID-19 patients.
So far, 353 patients have been reported from the free trade zone (FTZ) where 350 are from the ‘Next Manufactures’ and the ‘Chiefway garment’, and one each from ‘Cosmo Loadstar’ Ja ela, the Customs office in Colombo and Micro Pvt Ltd, Peliyagoda.
Curfew has been imposed in several areas since the discovery of a sub cluster of infected persons around a fish-market in Peliyagoda where officials had suspected cross-infections.
Sri Lanka’s anti-coronavirus task force has been analysing data from the fish-market, where officials had said cross-infections may have taken place with the main cluster in Minuwangoda.
The coronavirus curfew in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has been widened to Maradana and Dematagoda suburbs, the state information office said, with 865 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on October 23, the highest in a single day, as a cluster linked to a fish market expanded.
Curfew has also been imposed till Monday 0500hours in Paiyagala, Beruwala and Aluthgama in the Kalutara district.
The villages of Gulawita North, Gulawita South, Wedawatte, Magurumaswila, Makalandawa in the Wallalawita divisional secretariat in Kalutra have been isolated, authorities said.
Sri Lanka’s army chief Lt Gen Shavendra Silva asked persons who have visited the Peliyagoda fish market in recent days to be watchful and contact the nearest public health officer. (Colombo/Oct24/2020)