ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 878 new COVID-19 patients, the highest recorded within a day in Sri Lanka, over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (03), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
All patients were identified from the local clusters.
According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 402 from Colombo, 188 from Gampaha, 52 from Ratnapura, 29 from Puttalam, 27 from Kandy, 24 from Kurunegala, 21 from Ampara, 18 from Nuwara Eliya, nine from Kegalle, eight from Kalutara, and six each from Galle and Kilinochchi. A further 88 cases were from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 25,410, with 6,982 active cases and 467 under investigation in hospitals.
NOCPOC reports show the majority of cases identified during the past 24 hours from the Colombo district are from Colombo Municipal Council area.
The task force said the number of patients in prisons have increased to 1,188, with 452 recorded in Welikada, 46 at the Magazine Prison, 157 at the Colombo Remand Prison, 207 in Mahara, 32 in Kuruwita, and 199 at the Bogambara prison.
The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 10,140, Gampaha: 6,502, Kalutara: 1,073, Kurunegala:372, Kandy:512, Galle: 264, Kegalle:253, Ratnapura:330, Puttalam:227, Batticaloa:79, NuwaraEliya:147, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:122, Matale:50, Jaffna:20, Matara:34, Ampara:120, Hambanthota 25, Polonnaruwa 06, Monaragala: 16, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:20 and Mullaitivi:one.
Currently 2,556 patients are undergoing treatment at 38 government hospitals and 4,426 are being treated at 19 intermediate COVID-19 centres administered by the tri-forces.
NOCPOC said 98 new cases were identified in Atalugama yesterday bringing the total cases from the area to 300.
As at 6am today, 487 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total COVID-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka to 18,304.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 21,857, with the new positive cases identified. (Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts).
A total of 14,896 patients from the two clusters have recovered by December 03, NOCPOC said.
The task force further said four of the COVID-19 related deaths are contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster while 49 deaths are contacts of Peliyagoda fish market cluster.
NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by December 03 it has increased to 18,798.
Total COVID-19 positive patients found among returnees to the country are 1,579.
The number of people in quarantine in 59 centres run by the armed forces is 6,400.
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 related deaths have increased to 124 with two new deaths reported yesterday. The country recorded 107 deaths in October and November after the new cluster from Minuwangoda was identified on October 04.
The deceased patients are from Halawatha and Colombo 13
By this morning, 335 returnees arrived in Colombo: 284 from Jordan, 49 from Qatar and two from China, while another group of people from India and Oman are to return today, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 862,446 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 13,423 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
Fourteen police areas and 17 Grama Sevaka areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Puttalam and Ampara districts remain under lockdown until further notice.
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Kelaniya.
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Mutwal, Kotahena, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Maradana and Dam street.
Grama Seveka Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda, Salamul, Wijayapura, South of Ferguson Road
Flats – The Laksanda Sevana housing complex, Randiya Uyana Housing Complex
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Epitamulla, Kola Mediriya
Grama Sevaka Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta
Grama Sevaka Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada south, Werelabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa
Akkaraipattu (Colombo/Dec 03/2020)