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Thirty-nine new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,234

ECONOMYNEXT – Thirty-nine new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (14), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All 39 patients were returnees from abroad: 16 had returned from Qatar, 12 from the UAE, six from Kuwait, two from the Maldives, one from Ethiopia and one from Ukraine, all of whom had been quarantined at various military-run centres. Among the patients was a sea martial from a ship called the Red Sea.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,234. Some 49 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 226 active cases, according to the Health Promotion Bureau.

Thirteen patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 2,996. According to NOCPOC, all 13 were returnees from abroad.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is now at 649, out of which 528 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 638 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 11 are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 295 returnees flew in from Narita, Japan, while 64 arrived from Doha, Qatar. Another 26 from Dubai; a few flew in from India as well, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres upon their arrival.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 60 centres run by the armed forces is 5,960

A total of 253,842 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,890 tests carried out yesterday.

Some 159 people 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 40,965.

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Sri Lanka as at September 14 records 12 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 09/2020)

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