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Ten new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,101

ECONOMYNEXT – Ten new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (03), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All 10 patients were returnees from abroad: five from India who were being quarantined at the Norochchole quarantine centre, two each from the UAE Kuwait and one patient from Qatar.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,101. Some 77 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 206 active cases.

Four patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 2,883.

The NOCPO statement said out of newly recovered patients, two are detainees from the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre and two were returnees from abroad.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is 639, out of which 518 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members, 48 are close contacts and one is a close contact of the patient found at the Welikada prison.

A total of 626 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 13 are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 281 returnees arrived in the country, 250 of whom flew in from Israel and Jordan, while 31 arrived  from Doha, Qatar. NOCPO said 26 returnees will be arriving in Sri Lanka from Katmandu today.

All the returnees will be directed to militar-run quarantine centres upon their arrival, it added.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 74 centres run by the armed forces is 8,239.

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A total of 230,547 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 2,020 PCR tests carried out yesterday.

Some 443 have concluded their quarantine process at the military-run centres by 6am today, NOCPOC said, bringing the total number of completed quarantines in Sri Lanka to 35,780.

Sri Lanka as at August 31 records 12 Covid 19 related deaths. (Colombo/Aug 31/2020)

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