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New baby tests negative for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – A baby born to a COVID-19-infected patient in Sri Lanka tested negative for the disease yesterday, health officials said.

The baby’s mother was a returnee from Dubai who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month. She gave birth to the baby at the East Colombo Base Hospital on last Friday (31), hospital director Dr Priyantha Karunaratne told a private TV channel.

However, Dr Karunaratne said, samples will be taken from the baby for further testing.

Sri Lanka identified a total of eight COVID-19 patients as at 6am today, the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Out of the eight cases, one was a close contact of a staff member of the Kandakadu Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre while others were returnees from the UAE.

With the new cases, the total of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 2,823 with 298 active cases being reported. As at 6am today, 75 patients have returned home, increasing the total number of recoveries to 2,514.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 601, out of which 482 are detainees, 66 are staff members, five are invited staff members, 47 are close contacts and one is a close contact of the patient found from Welikada prison.

A total of 43 returnees are expected to arrive at the country during the day, 13 of whom are expected to return from Doha, 29 from Chennai, India and 1 from Japan.

NOCPOC said all returnees will be directed to quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces upon their arrivals.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,294 people are currently quarantined in 33 centres controlled by the tri-forces. (Colombo/Aug3/2020)

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