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COVID 19: Total cases 1,055 as 27 cases are diagnosed yesterday

ECONOMYNEXT – The total number of COVID 19 positive cases since the outbreak rose to 1,055 last night with 27 cases being added yesterday the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said.

Al the patients were diagnosed inside quarantine centres, 15 of them were Dubai returnees, one from Kuwait and eleven from the Navy, COVID 19 Task Force spokesman Colonel Vijitha Hettiarachchi said.

According to the situation reports of the Unit this brings the total number of patients reported for the first three weeks of May to 390, an average of nearly 19 per day.

Last month the total number of patients was 506 an average of a little over 16 patients a day despite the huge upsurge in the numbers because of the large numbers infected in the Navy camp at Welisara where in just 8 days from April 22 to May 1, 354 cases were reported countrywide with 273 emerging from the stricken base.

Health officials in Homagama also confirmed that a 45-year old woman was taken to the National Hospital in Colombo with COVID 19 like symptoms.

The Medical Officer of Health for the area Jagath Kumara told EconomyNext that she was removed by ambulance and they are awaiting the results of PCR tests being performed on her.

She had been removed from a temporary Lodging House, the official said.

The Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said Six hundred and four completely recovered patients were discharged from hospitals by today.

The number of Corona infected patients who are presently receiving treatments in hospitals is 432.

The number of PCR tests performed yesterday, May 21 was 1108, and one patient was identified, he said.

Army Commander Lt General Shavendra Silva said that 2,193 Navy personnel from the Welisara camp have been moved to quarantine centres and that 274 Sailors who had COVID 19 have been discharged from hospital after recovery. (Colombo, May 22, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana