ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka health authorities have isolated several areas in Mirihana and Kurunegala after identifying new COVID-19 positive patients today (October 30), the National Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
NOCPOC said in a statement that eight new COVID-19 positive cases were identified today from Willgoda, Kurunegala, today. The area has been isolated by the Medical of Health Officer (MOH) for Kurunegala.
Welsiripura, Raulapura and Pragathipura areas in the Mirihana police area have also been isolated until further notice by the Colombo MOH after identifying 14 new COVID-19 patients in the area.
Meanwhile, another patient was identified at the Brandix apparel factory in Koggala, the statement said. NOCPOC said the factory employs 1,636.
Another positive case was found in Akmeemana, Galle. NOCPOC said the patient is a 23-year-old male who had travelled to Minuwangoda a few days back.
With the new cases identified today the number of patients in the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 5,606.
NOCPOC reports show that patients of the cluster have been identified in 24 districts island wide, a majority of them reported in the Gampaha and Colombo districts.
Of the 5,606 patients of the cluster, 2,960 and 1,760 cases were identified from Gampaha and Colombo districts respectively.
The remaining cases break down as follows: 261 from Kalutara,144 from Kurunegala, 55 from Galle, 14 from Matara, 28 from Rathnapura, 46 from Kegalle, 28 from Nuwara Eliya, 68 from Puttalam, 43 from Kandy, 15 from Matale, 34 from Anuradhapura, 20 from Jaffna, 15 from Vavuniya, 15 from Badulla, 13 from Polonnaruwa, 12 from Trincomalee, 29 from Batticaloa, 21 from Ampara, seven from Hambanthota, eight from Monaragala, nine from Mannar, two from Mullaitivu.
Meanwhile the head of the Epidemiological Unit of the Department of Health Services Dr Sudath Samaraweera said that the latest reports indicate that fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported from every district in the country and the cooperation of the general public is vital in controlling the disease. (Colombo/Oct30/2020)