Sri Lanka records 22nd COVID-19 death; total cases at 11,335

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded its 22nd COVID-19 death today (03), a 68-year-old woman that passed away on November 01 in her residence at Jampettah street, Colombo.

The deceased tested positive in a PCR test that was carried out post mortem, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

A family member of the deceased was identified earlier as a COVID-19 positive patient, and all family members of the patient were under self quarantine, said NOCPOC.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said the cause of death was a severe case of pneumonia that arose due to the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry revised an earlier COVID-19 related death which it had officially announced as Sri Lanka’s 22nd death, a 27-year old male resident of Wathara, Panadura, who had attempted suicide on October 31 and died while being admitted to the Panadura base hospital.

The man tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a PCR test conducted post mortem.

This is the ninth COVID-19 death within the last three weeks in Sri Lanka, health ministry data showed.

Sri Lankan health officials identified 275 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (03), NOCPOC said.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 11,335 with 6,065 active cases and 389 under investigation in hospitals.

As at 6am today, 344 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, today bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 5,249. Of these, two are returnees from abroad while 342 are from the Minuwangoda cluster.  (Colombo/Nov03/2020)

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