Sri Lanka records 23rd COVID-19 death; 10th death in three weeks

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded its 23rd COVID-19 death today (03), a 61-year-old female that passed away yesterday (02) in her residence, the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

The deceased tested positive in a PCR test that was carried out post mortem.

NOCPOC said the deceased was suffering from fever, cough and throat infections prior to her death.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health cited lung infections due to novel coronavirus as the reason for the death.

This is the second COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka today bringing the total within last three weeks to 10 deaths, health ministry data showed.

Sri Lankan health officials identified 409 new COVID-19 patients today (03), NOCPOC said in a separate statement.

NOCPOC said 56 Special Task Force (STF) officers are included in the new patients identified today.

With that, a total of 183 police officers have tested positive for the virus so far, and STF camps in Kalubowila, Kalaniya and Rajagiriya have been isolated with immediate effect until further notice.

NOCPOC said under a new government decision, close contacts of 63,663 houses are under self quarantine.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education in Isurupaya was closed for disinfection today after identifying a staff member as positive for COVD-19 today.

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With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 11,605, with 6,003 active cases and 430 under investigation in hospitals. (Colombo/Nov03/2020)

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