Daily cases in Sri Lanka soar past 800 for fifth day running; vaccination continues

COVID-19 Vaccine

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s daily COVID-19 cases exceeded 800 for the fifth consecutive day yesterday, with 826 cases being discovered in a period of 24 hours that ended at 6am today, official data showed.

The number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus increased to 324 today with the passing of Dr Gayan Danthanarayana, Sri Lanka’s first frontline worker to succumb to the disease. A spokesman for the national COVID-19 task force said Dr Danthanarayana, who worked at the Ragama hospital, was receiving treatment at the Mulleriyawa hospitals before being transferred to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle where he passed away this morning.

Total COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka have now reached 64,983, with 6,585 active cases repoted and 839 individuals currently under investigation in hospitals.

A majority of yesterday’s cases were reported from the Colombo district with 212 people testing positive for the virus. Gampaha district recorded 132 while 121 people in the Kandy district also tested positive. Ten returnees from abroad are among the newly detected cases yesterday.

Colombo district leads the list with highest number of COVID-19 patients so far, with 24,902 total cases. Gampaha district comes in at second place with 13,197 positive cases while Kalutara district has recorded 5,000 patients.

In an earlier report, Health Services Deputy Director General Dr Hemantha Herath said the increase in patients was expected with the public movement going up in December and the first week of January.

Sri Lanka recorded 310 COVID-19 deaths in the past four months after the second wave of the virus hit on October 4 last year.

According to the task force, of the deaths so far, 143 were patients above the age of 71 years, 76 were 61-70 years, 47 were 51-60 years, 30 were 41-50 years, and 14 were 0-40 years.

Meanwhile, vaccination of frontline health workers and tri forces personnel continues for the fourth day. Health officials said 95,550 have received the Covishield jab so far.

“We have only around 50,000 more to vaccinate in the health sector,” Dr Herath told EconomyNext.

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“We believe it will be completed in the next few days.”

The task force said 916 patients returned home upon recovery yesterday, taking the total of recovered patients to 58,074.

The following areas will remain under lockdown until further notice, according to the task force:

COLOMBO
Grama Sevaka (GS) areas – Ferguson Road South, Galagedara East, Veluwana Road, Gothamipura Wisi Hathara Watta, Gothamipura Haththa Ata Watta
Housing scheme – Gothamipura Housing Scheme

GAMPAHA
GS areas – Wedikanda, Minhaj Road, Darga Road, Polhena, Kumari Mulla, Junide Mawatha (Nittambuwa), Godella, Dunuela, Jumma Masjid Mawatha (Minuwangoda), Hydra Mawatha, New Road, Akaragoda

KALUTARA
GS areas – Veyangalla West, Veyangalla East, Marikkar Veediya, Kottawatta, Welipenna East North Muslim Road, Akkareimalei(Payagala)

KANDY
GS areas –Poornawatta West, Bamunupola Koskote Village(Poojapitiya Police Area), Palliyakotuwa and

Galhena (Ankumbura Police Area)* MATHALE 03 GS Areas –Warakamura(356), Mideniya(356 B), Maththawa village in Dehipitiya(356 A)

BATTICALOA
GS areas – Arasady, 162 A Kaththankudy 06 South, 162 B Kaththankudy 06 West, 164 Kaththankudy 04, 164 B Kaththankudy 05 North, 164 A Kaththankudy 05, 164 C Kaththankudy 04 West, 167 Kaththankudy 01, 167 C New Kaththankudy South, 167 D Kaththankudy West, 167 E Kaththankudy Central

KURUNEGALA
GS areas – Giriulla – Mummana, Wetthawa

VAVUNIYA
From AMT Filling Station to Thandikulam, From Neriyakulam Junction to A9 Road, From Mamaduwa Junction to A9 Road, From Poonthottam Junction to A9 Road.

KEGALLE
GS areas – Wilpola (Aranayaka Police area)

HAMBANTHOTA
GS areas – Maley Colony (Ambalanthota Police area)*

ANURADHAPURA
GS areas – Dewanampiyathissapura (Tisawewa 01) A (Colombo/ Feb02/2021)

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