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Eight new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,155

ECONOMYNEXT – Eight new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (11), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All seven patients were returnees from abroad: five had returned from India, one from Singapore, one from the UAE and another from Dubai, all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,155. Some 70 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 189 active cases.

Nine patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 2,955.

The NOCPO statement said out of newly recovered patients, seven were returnees from abroad while two were detainees from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is now at 649, out of which 528 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members, 48 are close contacts and one is a close contact of the patient found at the Welikada prison.

A total of 636 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 13 are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 497 returnees arrived in the country, 420 of whom flew in from Dubai, while 67 arrived from Doha, Qatar and another seven from the UAE; the remaining three flew in from Narita, Japan, NOCPOC said.

Another group of nine returnees will arrive today from Chennai, India, it added.

NOCPOC said all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres upon their arrival.

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Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 59 centres run by the armed forces is 6,206.

A total of 246,888 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,810 PCR tests carried out yesterday.

Some 115 people concluded their quarantine process at the military-run centres by 6am today, NOCPOC said, bringing the total number of completed quarantines in Sri Lanka to 39,734.

Sri Lanka as at September 11 records 12 Covid 19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 09/2020)

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