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Three new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka

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

Two of the three cases were reported from the Kandakadu Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. The other was a returnee from India, a NOCPOC statement said.

A total of 432 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster as at 6am today, with 183 still receiving treatment.

With the new cases, the total of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 2,844 while 254 active cases and with 3 patients returning home after recovering as at 6 am this morning the total recoveries has risen to 2,579.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 606, out of which 485 are detainees. The remaining are 67 staff members, 5 invited staff members, 48 close contacts and one close contact of the patient found from Welikada prison.

Some 212 returnees arrived this morning boarding special flights, where 36 sailors have returned from Chennai, India, 28 from Doha and 148 from Japan.

NOCPOC said all returnees will be directed to quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces upon arrival.

Meanwhile, 3,025 people are currently undergoing quarantine in 36 quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces.

A total of 171,169 PCR testings have been carried out in the island so far with 680 tests conducted yesterday. (Colombo/Aug10/2020)

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