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Nine new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,333

ECONOMYNEXT – Nine new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (25), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All nine patients were returnees from abroad – three having returned from Qatar, two from Iran, two from Kuwait, one from the Maldives and another from Dubai – all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 3,333. Some 45 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 178 active cases.

Eleven Sri Lankan patients who had arrived from abroad returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,142.

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, 60 returnees arrived in Colombo, 53 of whom flew in from Dubai. Another three arrived from Qatar and four from Narita, Japan NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Some 66 people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 44,788 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 68 centres run by the armed forces is 6,562.

A total of 275,590 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,612 tests carried out yesterday.

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Sri Lanka health authorities and security forces are currently tracing the possible contacts of the Russian cabin crew members that made headlines yesterday, one of whom has tested positive for COVID-19.

The initial investigations have revealed that the crew members have visited several supermarkets in the area and used three-wheeler transportation during the stay.

The PHI officials said the PHI and MOH officers had not been informed about the Russian cabin crew who had been in self-quarantine in a private resort in Matara.

Sri Lanka as at September 25 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 25/2020)

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