Number of COVID 19 patients surpasses the thousand mark
ECONOMYNEXT – The total number of patients infected with the COVID 19 disease has passed the thousand mark as the total reached 1,020 today the Department of Health said.
Twenty-eight new patients were added to the total today and the Director-General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said they are all Sri Lanka Navy personnel quarantined at the Oluvil Quarantine Centre.
This brings the total number of COVID 19 positive from the so-called “Navy cluster” to 614, more than half of the total number of patients.
The Navy cluster includes Navy personnel as well as their close associates including family members.
The number of patients now in hospital care with the disease is 442 and the number who have recovered and been released from hospital is 569.
Nine people have died. (Colombo, May 19, 2020)