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Seven new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,147

ECONOMYNEXT – Seven new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (10), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All seven patients were returnees from abroad: one from India, one from the UK and five from the UAE, all of whom were under quarantine.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,147. Some 63 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 189 active cases.

Eleven patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 2,946.

The NOCPO statement said all the newly recovered patients were returnees to the island.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is now at 649, out of which 528 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 634 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 15 are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 647 returnees arrived in the country, 274 of whom flew in from Riyadh, UAE, while 81 arrived from Doha, Qatar; the remaining 292 flew in from Dubai, NOCPOC said.

Another group of nine returnees will arrive today from Abu Dhabi, it added.

NOCPOC said all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres upon their arrival.

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Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 57 centres run by the armed forces is 6,126.

A total of 245,112 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,600 PCR tests carried out yesterday.

Some 585 people concluded their quarantine process at the military-run centres by 6am today, NOCPOC said, bringing the total number of completed quarantines in Sri Lanka to 39,230.

Sri Lanka as at September 09 records 12 Covid 19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 09/2020)

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