ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has recorded the highest ever Coronavirus cases confirmed in a single day of 1,451 on April 28, with 06 new deaths being recorded as efforts were made to expand hospital and intensive care facilities.
Over 500 cases a day has been confirmed over the last eight days as public health inspectors raced after contacts of confirmed cases which surged after a traditional New Year, taking the total under treatment to 9,209 according to Health Ministry data.
Over the past eight days 7,481 new cases had been confirmed including foreign returnees, straining health facilities.
Heath official says patients are developing pneumonia faster with a UK SARS-Cov-2 variant spreading in the country.
The finding is a result of gene sequencing of 43 samples collected in
Chandima Jeewandara Director, Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, told reporters almost gene sequencing of 43 samples collected in Colombo, Boralesgamuwa and Kurunegala showed that almost all were of B.1.1.7 strain.
The strain was first detected in the community on April 08 this year, Jeewandara said.
It is not clear how the virus got into the country, but authorities recently relaxed repatriation rules allowing home quarantine for some categories including vaccinated arrivals.
Vaccinated individuals could still get infected though their symptoms may be milder.
Six new Covid-19 deaths were reported taking the total to 662.
At least one person had died in Mawanella after ICU facilities dedicated for Covid-19 patients ran out.
Health Facilities Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle said more ICU beds are being made available for Covid-19 patients.
The deaths confirmed on April 28 included a 56-year old male from Pallegama who died at Mawanella hospital.
A 45 -year old female from Weerapokuna had died at Chilaw Hospital on April 27.
A 72 year old man from Hali Ela had died at Badulla Hospital, a 65 year old woman had died at the Mawanella Hospital on April 23, a 66-year old male had died in Wathupitiwela Hospital and a 69 year old in had died at Welisara hospital. (Colombo/April28/2021)