Seven new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka

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

Two out of the seven infected are foreigners who travelled from Oman, quarantined in Ozo Colombo. The remaining five were identified as foreigners who travelled from the United Arab Emirates quarantined at the Punani quarantine facility, NOCPOC said.

As of this morning, the total number of COVID-19 infected patients from the Kandakadu cluster totalled to 629, with 508 rehabilitation centre patients, 67 staff members, five invited staff members and one inmate from the Welikada prison found positive for the virus.

Twenty-five Sri Lankan returnees from Doha- Qatar, and the 286 from Jordan who arrived this morning have been directed to military-run quarantine centres.

As at 6am today, 14 individuals from quarantine centres operated by the tri forces, two from the Hekiththa quarantine centre, nne from Mount Lavinia Hotel, one from the Biyagama quarantine centre and six from the Diyathalawa quarantine centre were discharged bringing the total amount of people who were released from quarantine centres to 31,003.

Some 1,140 PCR tests were carried out yesterday (17) bringing the total number  of PCR tests conducted to 189,518.

As at 6am today, six infected patients were confirmed to be fully recovered and were discharged from hospitals. Two foreigners, including a Turkish citizen and the remaining four who were from the Kandakadu quarantine centre, were the six patients.

The active COVID-19 patients from the Kandakadu cluster stands at 141. (Colombo/Aug18/2020)

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