ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 239 Covid-19 patients from 12,000 Coronavirus tests Conducted on October 31, official data showed as active cases in hospitals topped 6,000 as more capacity was built.
Sri Lanka completed 12,000, Coronavirus tests, the highest daily tests so far, as an expert from China was fixing another machine which will boost output further.
Ravi Kumadesh, head of Sri Lanka Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists said testing had been ramped up to 2,600 a day at the IDH and a backlog of 2,000 will be cleared in two days.
Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus deaths rose to 20 on October 31.
Sri Lanka is building more treatment centres using former quarantine facilities run by the military.
In Kegalle district where there has been a wide spread of the virus, about 1,000 new beds are being added District Director of Health Kumara Wickremesinghe told reporters.
On October 30, 76 new patients were confirmed. Some villages of the district are under lockdown.
Sri Lanka had 6,005 active cases by early October 31 and a further 399 were under observation.
Sri Lanka has speeded up discharge from hospital by relaxing previous protocol.
Ananda Wijewickreme, from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said under the new protocol Sri Lanka would no longer wait for two PCR tests to be negative before discharge.
“In a discussion with Professor Malik Pieris from Hong Kong we were told that 10 days after infection the virus released by the patient is not capable of causing disease in another person,” Wijewickreme told Sri Lanka’s privately run Swarnavahini television.
“At a meeting headed by the Director General of Health Services yesterday we decided to discharge patients whose symptoms had turned for the better after 14 days. ”
Researchers from Sri Lanka’s Sri Jayewardenepura University had found that the virus was a strain of SARS-CoV-2 called B.1.42 found in Denmark and Sweden.
Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus deaths rose to 20 by October 31 with a 54 -year old woman who was being treated at the National Hospital in Colombo passing away.
Sri Lanka’s Chief Epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera said she had been admitted to the hospital with a history of diabetes, vomiting and stomach pains.
The new outbreak had so far caused 7 deaths.
An apparel factory in Bataicaloa with 3,000 workers had been shut after some workers were found to be contacts of a fishery cluster.
A staffer at Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry had also been confirmed.