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Total COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka surge past 6,000 with 50 new confirmed patients today

ECONOMYNEXT – Total COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka passed 6,000 today, with health authorities confirming 50 new patients this afternoon.

The new patients were reported from Katunayaka and the Peliyagoda fish market sub cluster today, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said in a statement.

Of 50 new cases, 22 are from ‘Next’ and ‘Chiefway’ apparel factories in the Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ), six from the Peliyagoda fish market. Twenty-two patients are close contacts of the fish market patients, NOCPOC said.

With the 22 new patients, the number of positive cases from the Katunayaka FTZ has increased to 253.

With the new cases, total confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 6,028. Some 341 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 2,454 active cases.

Meanwhile, Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said the Kotahena Police area will also be under quarantine curfew with immediate effect from 6.00 pm today until further notice.

So far, Sri Lanka police has imposed quarantine curfew in Kuliyapitiya, Pannala Giriulla, Narammala and Dummalasuriya police jurisdictions, the towns of Minuwangoda, Divulapitiya, Veyangoda, Gampaha, Kirindiwela, Dompe, Pugoda, Ganemulla, Weeragula, Weliweriya, Malwathuhiripitiya, Nittambuwa, Meerigama, Pallewela, Yakkala, Ja-ela, Seeduwa and Kandana Police areas, Aththanagalla, Meerigama divisional secretary areas as well as Maligathanna, Kurigama, Eluwapitiya villages, Katunayaka, Ovitigala, Badugama, Badugma Nawa Janapadaya in the Matugama Divisional Secretariat, Mattakkuliya, Modara, Bloemendal, Grandpass, Wellampitiya police areas. (Colombo/Oct22/2020)

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