ECONOMYNEXT – Ten new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (04), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
All 10 patients were returnees from abroad: two from India who were being quarantined at the Norochchole quarantine centre, two from the Kuwait and five from Qatar.
With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,111. Some 80 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 210 active cases.
Six patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 2,889.
The NOCPO statement said all the newly recovered patients were returnees to the island.
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, 189 returnees arrived in the country, 98 of whom flew in from Doha, Qatar, while 48 arrived from Chennai, India; 28 arrived from Dubai, while the remaining 17 flew in from Narita, Japan.
All the returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres upon their arrival, said NOCPOC.
Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 73 centres run by the armed forces is 7,746.
A total of 232,710 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 2,050 PCR tests carried out yesterday.
Some 142 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 36,326.
Sri Lanka as at August 31 records 12 Covid 19 related deaths. (Colombo/Aug 31/2020)