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Three new COVID-19 patients reported in Sri Lanka

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

All three patients were returnees from Oman who were being quarantined in the OZO Hotel, Wallawatte.

With the new cases, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka has increased to 2,893 with 212 active cases and 55 currently under observation in hospitals.

With four new recoveries, as at 6 am this morning, total recoveries have increased to 2,670.

The number of COVID-19 patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 629, with 502 detainees, 67 staff members, five invited staff members, 48 close contacts and one close contact of the Welikada prison patient found positive for the virus.

Further, a total of 68 returnees arrived in the country this morning. Of these, 36 are from Qatar, 29 are from Chennai, India, and three are from Narita, Japan. NOCPOC said that all the returnees were directed to quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces upon their arrivals.

A total of 5,333 are currently undergoing the quarantine process in 46 quarantine centres controlled by the tri-forces.

Health authorities increased the number of random PCR tests island wide from the month of August. Some 1,080 PCR tests were conducted by the health authorities on August 16.

Up to 307 returned home from military-run quarantine centres today after completing the quarantine period. (Colombo/Aug17/2020)

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