Three new COVID-19 deaths and 309 new cases in Sri Lanka today

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded three new COVID-19 related deaths today (11), bringing total novel coronavirus deaths in the island to 44, a statement issued by the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

The three deceased patients are as follows:

  • An 80-year-old male from Panadura who died on admission to the Police Hospital and subsequently tested positive for the virus post mortem. Officials cited a heart attack caused by the COVID-19 infection as the cause of death.
  • A 40-year-old male from Colombo 11 who died on admission to the Colombo National Hospital. The patient tested positive for the virus and, similar to the patient mentioned above, officials cited a heart attack caused by the virus as the cause of death.
  • Another 45-year-old male from Kelaniya who died while undergoing treatment at the Hambanthota hospital. The patient was admitted to the hospital on November 1 after being identified as a COVID-19 patient. In this case, too, officials said a heart attack caused by the virus led to the patient’s death.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan health officials identified 309 new COVID-19 patients today (11). Of these, NOCPOC said, 49 were identified from a construction site belonging to the WelcomHotels Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a unit of India’s ITC group near Galle Face Green including 15 Indian nationals. Another 47 Chinese nationals from the Colombo Port City construction site and four employees who work for a privately owned radio station on the 35th floor of the World Trade Centre also tested positive for the virus.

NOCPOC said with the identification of the construction workers from the India’s ITC group site,  an accommodation site of the company in Ratmalana which accommodates some 200 construction workers has been isolated by the health officials.

Health authorities have appointed a new committee to review the deaths caused by COVID-19, Epidemiology Unit Head Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

“We saw an increase in COVID-19 deaths over the past few days. Some of these deaths were reported from their homes,” he said.

Sri Lanka recorded 28 deaths over the period from October 22 to November 11. Eight of these deaths were reported from the deceased patient’s home.

Samaraweera said with the increase in home deaths due to COVID-19, the Director General of Health Services has appointed a review committee to investigate the cause of death and report recommendations to avoid COVID-19 deaths.

With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 15,024, with 4,797 active cases and 523 under investigation in hospitals. (Colombo/Nov11/2020)

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