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Four new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,287

ECONOMYNEXT – Four new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (21), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All patients were returnees from abroad – three having returned from the UAE and one from Italy, all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 3,287. Some 33 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 186 active cases.

Eighteen Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,088.

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,724 returnees arrived in Colombo, 420 of whom flew in from Dubai. Another 10 arrived from Japan, while 06 arrived from Chennai, India, and 288 others from Australia, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Some 136 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 43,684 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 66 centres run by the armed forces is 6,182.

A total of 268,371 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,785 tests carried out yesterday.

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Sri Lanka as at September 18 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 21/2020)

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