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Number of COVID 19 patients surge to 233 as 15 new cases are found

ECONOMYNEXT – The number of confirmed cases of COVID 19 patients has surged to 233 with the addition of 15 new cases detected yesterday April 14, the government announced last night.

A press release issued by the Department of Information said that all the new cases have been found at various quarantine centres.

Fourteen of the new cases are people “who have closely associated with COVID 19 patients,” the statement released at 10.30 pm last night said.

Eight of them were at the Palali Quarantine Centre while four were at the Mulankovil centre.

One was from the Puttalam centre, the release said.

The others were also from unidentified quarantine centres.

This brings the total number of identified cases in Sri Lanka since the outbreak to 233. The number of active cases, that is the patients receiving treatment in government hospitals for the disease to 165.

Sixty-one persons have recovered and been discharged while 142 remain under investigation.

Seven patients have died since the outbreak.

Aggressive testing of at-risk individuals are taking place in many parts of the country and the detections are expected to rise as a result.

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Health officials were taking samples from communities where lockdowns are in force even during the Sinhala Tamil New year period, reports said.

Sri Lanka’s fatality rate for the disease is half of the global rate and the recovery rate three percentage-points above the world average. (Colombo, April 15, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana