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Sri Lanka confirms 21st COVID-19 death; 397 new cases today

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded its 21st COVID-19 death yesterday, a 40-year-old male that was undergoing treatment at the National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases, Welisara, the country’s COVID-19 task force confirmed.

The National Operation Centre for prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said the patient was admitted to the hospital on October 23 due to high blood pressure and breathing difficulties.

A resident of Mahara, according to NOCPOC, the patient tested negative on the first PCR test but tested positive in a second PCR test that was carried out post mortem.

Meanwhile, 397 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus today.

Of the total, 41 are from quarantine centres while 356 are from close contacts of the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters.

With the new cases, the total of the new wave has risen to 7,389 cases while Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 11,060  with 6,134 active cases and 405 under investigation in hospitals.

NOCPOC said 34 employees of the Bodyline apparel factory in Horana and 18 positive cases from Mawanella, Kegalle, as well as 125 police officers are also included in the new patients.

Sri Lanka has extended its COVID-19 curfews in the Western Province and key areas to contain the spread of the virus after the disease spread country-wide and large numbers of infected people turned up in the capital Colombo and some key towns in random tests.

“After analysing the data we decided to keep the curfew in the Western Province from 0500 am tomorrow till 0500 am on November 09,” Sri Lanka’s NOCPOC chief Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said in a televised address.

“This is because we see a large number of cases in these areas. We have also extended the curfew in the Eheliyagoda police area and the Kurunegala municipal area as well as the Kuliyapitiya police area,” he said.

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Only those involved in essential services will be allowed to travel during the curfew, he said.

Essential goods will be home delivered from Monday using the same process employed in the first half of 2020, Silva added. (Colombo/Nov01/2020)

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