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Total cases upto 795 as updates are released after the nightly news

ECONOMYNEXT – The total number of COVID 19 positive cases in Sri Lanka rose to 795 today with 23 new cases reported according to the Ministry of Health.

The number was not released at the usual evening briefing but updated later after the nightly TV newscasts, in a new practice in force since last week.

Most cases appear to be reported on the various government websites after 9pm.

This morning there were only three confirmed cases.

By evening 20 more were added and officials are yet to say where they were found.

At 10 am today May 6, the total reported was 771 and by night the number had risen to 795 after three patients which were reported yesterday were taken off the list.

The Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health said that “after an in-depth analysis it was decided to remove 3 patients from the list as non-COVID 19.”

This is the first time that so-called COVID 19 positive cases have been taken off the list.

A spokesman for the COVID 19 Task Force said the patients had tested positive in PCR tests conducted yesterday, but the customary second test had come back negative today.

The spokesman, Lt Colonel Vijith Hettiarachchi told EconomyNext that they will be tested again.

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These three individuals are currently in hospital and under observation, he said.

“Even if they come back negative they will be under quarantine for 14 days,” he added.

The Three new patients diagnosed today are all from the Navy, the Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said.

Of the patients diagnosed yesterday, 15 were from the Navy, which has seen a widespread infection in the armed force.

Earlier officials said they are unsure the four, including a nurse in the National Hospital in Colombo got the disease the Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

“In previous cases we have been able to say how and from whom the patients testing positive for COVID 19 got the infection. This time we are not sure,” he said. (Colombo, May 6, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana