ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients are close to full with only 419 available capacity out of 1,552 as of 1500hrs today (09), according to the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC).
There are 1,133 patients currently in the hospitals, 1,017 of whom are from the Minuwangoda cluster while 118 are foreign returnees.
The 12 hospitals are IDH, BH Welikanda, Colombo East BH, Iranawila Hospital, BH Minuwangoda, DGH Hambanthta, DH Rabukkana, Kaburugamuwa, BH Theldeniya, Neville Fernendo Hospital, Kaththankudi and BH Homagam.
Only Neville Fernando Hospital has 400 patient capacity. The others have 100 beds or less.
The Brandix Minuwangoda cluster is continuing to grow with patients being detected across the country. The apparel manufacture employs close to 40,000 workers. (Colombo/Oct09/2020)