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Six new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases at 2,959

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka identified six new COVID-19 patients as at 6am today (25), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Two of the patients were returnees from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that were being quarantined at a Sri Lanka Army-run facility. One had returned from India and was at the Fareway Hotel quarantine centre, while two had returned from Indonesia and Singapore and were in quarantine at Sri Lanka Air Force-run facilities. The other a returnee from Maldives that was in quarantine at a resort in Kegalle.

With the new cases, the total of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 2,959. Currently 58 individuals are under investigation in hospitals, with 136 active cases. With six patients returning home after recovering as at 6am today, total recoveries have risen to 2,811.

Meanwhile, the number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 629, out of which 508 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members and 48 are close contacts. One is a close contact of the patient found from Welikada prison.

A total of 452 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 177 are still undergoing treatment.

Some 296 returnees arrived at the country, of whom 275 were returnees from Korea and the remaining 21 were from Doha, Qatar.

NOCPOC said that all returnees will be directed to quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces upon their arrival.

The number of people quarantined in 62 centres run by the armed forces now stands at 7,038.

A total of 208,397 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,780 tests carried out yesterday.

A total of 89 had concluded their quarantine process at the military-run centres by yesterday morning, NOCPOC said, bringing the total number of completed quarantines in Sri Lanka to 32,465.

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Sri Lanka reported another COVID-19 related death yesterday bringing  the total deaths due to the virus to twelve. (Colombo/Aug 25/2020)

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