Sri Lanka new COVID-19 wave rises to 5,731 cases; majority in Gampaha, Colombo

ECONOMYNEXT – The new wave of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka increased to 5,731 cases this afternoon, with a majority of cases reported from the Gampaha and Colombo districts, a report issued by the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 showed.

The NOCPOC report showed out of the 5,731 confirmed patients, 2,908 were identified from the Gampaha districts, while 1,584 were from the Colombo district.

The remaining cases break down as follows: 114 from Kurunegala, 189 from Kalutara, 52 from Galle, 23 from Kandy, 38 from Kegalle, 29 from Puttalam, 15 from Ampara, 28 from Batticaloa, 26 from NuwaraEliya, 18 from Rathnapura, 13 from Vavuniya and 10 from Matale, nine from Mannar, eight from Trincomalee, nine from Matara, eight from Badulla, three each from Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambanthota and Monaragala, four from Jaffna, and 634 from quarantine centres.

Sri Lanka’s new COVID-19 wave first emerged around an apparel factory in Minuwangoda, and a subsequent cluster around a fish market in Peliyagoda, where large numbers of traders, buyers from restaurants and individual customers gather daily, led to a wide and rapid spread of the disease.

Several sub-clusters have developed from the fish-market in Kuliyapitiya, Moratuwa, Galle, Beruwala and Hatton around fishery harbors and fish markets.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Minuwangoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 03, within the first week the cluster increased to 1,186 and by October 28 to 5,398, with 1,041 employees and 4,690 close contacts being identified as positive cases.

Reports showed that the Peliyagoda cluster has increased to 1,007.

Meanwhile authorities have decided to impose quarantine curfew in the Western Province from midnight today (October 29) until 5 am Monday (November 02) in an effort to contain COVID-19 spreading.

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 task force chief Army Commander Lt Gen Shavenda Silva has asked residents of Colombo in particular not to move out of the district.

Authorities have imposed quarantine curfew in 71 police areas and 19 divisional secretaries in eight districts in the country by October 29.

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Authorities decided to reopen police areas in Kalutara except Badugama village in the Mathugama Divisional secretary today for the residents to buy supplies and medications before imposing curfew in the entire Western Province from midnight.

Sri Lanka stopped institutional quarantine of first contacts of confirmed novel coroanvirus patients and requested them to home quarantine from October 27.

NOCPOC issuing a statement said monitoring of first contacts of the positive patients will be conducted by health and security officials throughout the quarantine period.

Accordingly, monitoring will be conducted by the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) of the respective areas from 0600 hours to 1100 hours and from 1100 hours to 1600 hours by the Sri Lanka Police officers and from 1600 hours by the Tri forces officers in the areas.

NOCPOC statement said violating of the self-quarantine law is punishable under the quarantine law and the Ministry of Health has the authority to send residents of a self-quarantined home to a military-run quarantine centre following a temporary sealing of the residence by police. (Colombo/Oct29/2020)

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