Status report: Four COVID-19 patients identified in Sri Lanka by this morning

A nurse wearing a facemask walks outside the entrance of Sri Lanka’s Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo on March 17, 2020. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

ECONOMYNEXT – Four new COVID-19 patients were reported in the island as at 6am this morning, the government said.

Of the four patients, one was a close contact of a staff member at the Senapura Rehabilitation Centre (East Kandakadu). A foreign national, an employee of Turkish Airlines, is also among the four. The other two are returnees from Qatar and the UAE. All four are being quarantined at the Diyatalawa and Ampara quarantine centres, officials said.

With the new patients reported, the total number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 599 , some 482 of them being detainees, with 66 staff members, five invited staff members, one close contact of the patient-reported from Welikada prison and 45 other close contacts of the cluster also being identified.

Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country have thus increased to 2,814, and with 16 new recoveries as at 6am today the total recoveries have increased to 2,333.

The 16 recoveries include 12 from quarantine centers while four were returnees from abroad.

The NOCPOC said that 44 people arrived this morning from aboard on special flights from Doha, Japan and Chennai, and all of whom were directed to the quarantine centers controlled by the tri-forces.

A total of 2,100 people are currently under quarantine in 33 quarantine centers island wide.

Yesterday 200 PCR tests were conducted on close contacts of the official at the Lankapura Divisional Secretariat .

The Government’s Epidemiology Unit’s Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera yesterday said random PCR test will be increased from the next month onwards.

Samaraweera said so far some 40,000 random PCR tests have been conducted throughout the island.

NOCPOC said 156,943 PCR tests have been conducted island to date. (Colombo/Jul31/2020)

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