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Fourteen new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,313

ECONOMYNEXT – Fourteen 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.

Out of the 14 patients, 13 were returnees from abroad – seven having returned from the UAE, three from Kuwait, one from India and two from Qatar and one from the Kandakadu rehabilitation centre, all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 3,313. Some 65 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 182 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 3,118.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster increased to 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 646 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while four patients are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning,43 returnees arrived in Colombo, 42 of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar. Another arrived from Mumbai, India NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Some 162 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 43,895 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 68 centres run by the armed forces is 7,120.

A total of 270,881 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,530 tests carried out yesterday.

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Sri Lanka as at September 23 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 23/2020

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