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Sri Lanka passes the 100-mark in Covid deaths as total dead comes to 107

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka passed the 100-mark in Covid 19 related deaths last night with eight new deaths reported yesterday the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid 19 said.

The last two months have seen 94 deaths within after the new cluster associated with apparel workers and the national fish wholesale market in the Gampaha district was identified.

Since then active patients have increased exponentially and the disease has spread to all parts of the country according to the Director General of Health Services.

Deaths have increased seven-fold with the majority of the fatalities with 40 of the deceased over the age of 71.

The details of the new deaths are as follows according to the Director General of Government Information:

– An 87 year old woman from Colombo 13. She died on November 23, 2020 at home. The cause of death is a heart attack due Covid-19 virus infection.

– A 54 years old woman from Dematagoda, Colombo 09. She was diagnosed as infected with Covid19 while undergoing treatments at the Maharagama Apeksha Cancer Hospital and had been transferred to Homagama base hospital on November 27, 2020. The cause of death is worsening of cancer condition and Pneumonia due to Covid-19.

– A 78 years old woman from Maradana died on November 25, while at home. Officials said a heart attack due to Covid 19 infection as the cause of death.

– A 36 years old man from Colombo 15 died yesterday November 27 while undergoing treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH). Officials said the patient was transferred from Colombo General Hospital upon identifying as a Covid 19 positive patient and worsening of lung disease due to Covid 19 infection as the cause of death.

– An 83 year old man from Colombo 02 died at home on November 26. The cause of death is a heart attack due to Covid 19 infection.

– A 58 years old woman from Maligawatte, Colombo 10 died at home on November 26. Worsening of diabetes, kidney infection and heart attack due to Covid 19 has caused the death.

– A 69 years old man from Colombo 13 died at home on November 25. Officials said the cause of death is worsening of lung disease, asthma and pneumonia due to Covid 19 infection.

– A 70 years old male inmate from Magazine prison died while undergoing treatment at the prison hospital on November 25. Officials said worsening of a kidney disease due to Covid 19 infection is the cause of death.

NOCPOC reports said of 94 deaths reported after October 04,2020, three are in between 10 -30 years old, four are in between 31-40 years old, 11 are from 41-50 years old, 16 are from 51-60 years old, 20 are from 61-70 years old while 40 deaths are above 71 years old.

Sri Lankan health officials identified 473 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (28), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Of the newly identified patients, one is a returnee from Oman, while other 472 belong to the local clusters.

According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 138 from Colombo, 63 from Gampaha, 35 are from Rathnapura, 14 are from Kurunegala, five each from Kegalle and Batticoloa, four from Nuwara Eliya, three each from Kalutara and Puttalam, two from Kandy and one each from Anuradhapura, Galle and Jaffna. A further 197 cases were from the community whose origin could not be confirmed.

NOCPOC reports shows the majority of the new positive case identified within the past 24 hours in the Colombo districts is from Colombo Municipal Council area.

NOCPOC said the health authorities are conducting random PCR tests island wide using the Rapid antigen test kits.

Rapid Antigen tests kits which can be used as an alternative method to identify Covid 19 positive patients was under the process to be clear as a test that can be used in Sri Lanka until recent time. Sri Lanka health authorities imported 200,000 anti gen kits in early November and initially officials said the kits will be used to identify patients in companies under Board of Investment and Katunayake export processing zone.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 22,501, with 6,168 active cases and 725 under investigation in hospitals.

The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 8,713, Gampaha: 5,865, Kalutara:909, Kurunegala:298, Kandy: 380, Galle: 204, Kegalle:215, Ratnapura:224, Puttalam:100, Batticoloa:77, NuwaraEliya:103, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:91, Matale:37, Jaffna:20, Matara:34, Ampara:21, Hambanthota 25, Polonnaruwa 06, Moneragala: ten, Vavunia:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:nine and Mullaitivi:one.

Currently 2,496 patients are undergoing treatment at 38 government hospitals and 3,419 patients in 19 intermediate Covid 19 centres administered by the tri-forces.

As at 6am today, 410 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 16,226.

The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 19,431, with the new positive cases identified. (Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts)

A total of 12,793 patients from the two clusters have recovered by November 28, NOCPOC said.

NOCPOC said four of the COVID-19 related deaths are contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster while 49 deaths are contacts of Peliyagoda fish market cluster.

NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by November 28 it has increased to 16,372.

The total Covid 19 positive patients found from returnees to the country is 1,575.

The number of people in quarantine in 47 centres run by the armed forces is 5,088.

By this morning, 97 returnees arrived in Colombo, 53 from India and 44 from while 52 people from Doha, Qatar is yet to return NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

A total of 892,832 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 13,286 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.

Meanwhile Bamunuella, Bogahawatte, Kirimanthuduwa, Korawela, Atalugama-west, Galgahamandiya and Grama Sevaka divisions in Bandaragama police area in Kalutara District, Arachchikade Police station in Chilaw, Abulugothanna and Talabugahawathta in Akurana area were isolated until further notice. Also Labour housing scheme Which is located at Wattala church road isolated with new Covid 19 positive cases found.

Eighteen police areas and 12 Grama Sevaka areas in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Puttalam and Ampara districts remains under lockdown until further notice.

Gampaha district
Peliyagaoda, Wattala, Ragama, Negombo, Kelaniya.

Colombo district
Woulfendal, Keselwatte, Maligawatte, Fore Shore, Mutwal, Kotahena, Mattakkuliya, Bluemandal, Grandpass, Dematagoda, Maradana, Pettah and Dam street.

Grama Seveka Areas – Wanathamulla, Wekanda

Kalutara district
Grama Sevaka Areas – Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Korawala, Galagahamandiya, Bogahawatta, Bamunumulla (Muslim Division), Kirimanthudawa, Bamunumulla,Atalugama East, Epitamulla, Kola Mediriya

Kandy Districts
Grama Sevaka Areas – Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta

Puttalam District
Grama Sevaka Areas – Weralabada, Weralabada south, Werelabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa

Ampara District

(Colombo/Nov 28/2020)

Reported by Chanka Jayasinghe


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