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Eleven new Covid patients diagnosed – NOCPOC

ECONOMYNEXT – Eleven new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6 am today (30), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All eleven patients are returnees from abroad – seven having returned from the Oman, one from Lebanon, one from UAE, one from Qatar and another from Germany, all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new cases, the total confirmed COVID-19 patients on the island have risen to 3,374. Some 46 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 131 active cases.

Twenty Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6 am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,230.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is 650, out of which 529 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 648 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while two patients are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 342 returnees arrived in Colombo, 287 of whom flew in from Australia, 47 from Dubai, 05 from India and 03 from Doha, Qatar NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Some 343 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 46,673 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 74 centres run by the armed forces is 7,132.

A total of 285,457 PCR tests have been conducted on the island so far with 1,600 tests carried out yesterday.

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Sri Lanka as at September 30 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/September 30/2020)

Reported by Chanka Jayasinghe