ECONOMYNEXT – Five new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (18), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
All patients were returnees from abroad – one having returned from the UAE, one from Qatar, one from Madagascar and two from Oman – all of whom had been in quarantine.
With the new cases, the total of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 3,276. Some 28 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 203 active cases.
Twenty-two Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,060.
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 638 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 11 are still undergoing treatment.
By this morning, 111 returnees arrived in Colombo, 52 of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar. Another 30 arrived from Narita, Japan, while 22 arrived from Dubai. Seven others from Sydney, Australia, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
Some 320 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, said NOCPOC. A total of 41,113 people have completed quarantine so far.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 59 centres run by the armed forces is 5,895.
A total of 262,378 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,640 tests carried out yesterday.
Sri Lanka as at September 18 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 09/2020)