ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan health officials identified 697 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6am today (10), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.
Of the newly identified patients, three are returnees from abroad while 694 are from local clusters.
According to NOCPOC, the local cases break down as follows: 357 from Colombo, 219 from Gampaha, 38 from Kandy, 25 from Ampara, 16 each from Kalutara and Puttalam, 10 from Ratnapura, four from Kurunegala, three each from Galle and Nuwara Eliya, and one each from Hambantota, Polonnaruwa and Matale.
With the new cases, Sri Lanka’s total patient count has increased to 30,072 with 8,128 active cases and 584 under investigation in hospitals.
NOCPOC reports show the majority of cases identified within the past 24 hours in the Colombo district are from the Colombo Municipal Council area.
However, officials said the number of patients in Colombo and Gampaha has decreased despite a surge in other areas.
The district-level breakdown of total cases from the new clusters are as follows: Colombo: 12,961, Gampaha: 7,238, Kalutara: 1,605, Kurunegala:421, Kandy:921, Galle: 341, Kegalle:272, Ratnapura:411, Puttalam:332, Batticaloa:78, Nuwara Eliya:209, Badulla:48, Anuradhapura:109, Matale:55, Jaffna:76, Matara:71, Ampara:354, Hambantota: 77, Polonnaruwa 61, Monaragala: 23, Vavuniya:14, Trincomalee:13, Mannar:10, Kilinochchi:21 and Mullaitivi:t13.
NOCPOC reports shows of the newly identified patients, a majority were identified Borella and Mattakkuliya in the Colombo district and Mahara, Katunayaka and Mabola in the Gampaha district.
As at 6am today, 542 Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 21,800.
The number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters has increased to 26,512, with the new positive cases identified. (The Minuwangoda cluster is at a total of 3,059 cases, with 1,041 employees of the apparel factory and 2,018 close contacts testing positive for the virus).
A total of 18,392 patients from the two clusters have recovered by December 10, NOCPOC said.
The task force said four of the COVID-19 related deaths are contacts of the Minuwangoda cluster, while 49 deaths are contacts of Peliyagoda fish market cluster.
NOCPOC reports showed that after the first positive case of the Peliyagoda cluster was discovered by health authorities on October 21, and by December 10 it has increased to 23,453.
Total COVID-19 positive patients found among returnees to the country are 1,589.
The number of people in quarantine in 64 centres run by the armed forces is 6,366.
Sri Lanka recorded another death yesterday bringing the total death count in the country due to COVID-19 to 144. The deceased is a 62-year-old male from Colombo 10. Officials said Covid 19 pneumonia was the cause of death,
NOCPOC reports said of 131 deaths reported after October 04,2020, one is between 0-nine years old, three are between 10 -30 years old, four are between 31-40 years old, 13 are between 41-50 years old, 21 are between 51-60 years old, 25 are between 61-70 years old while 63 deaths are above 71 years of age.
By this morning, 36 returnees arrived in Colombo from Qatar. Another 50 from Oman, 279 from Dubai, 36 from Germany and three from Pakistan are expected to return, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.
A total of 955,884 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far, with 14,336 tests carried out yesterday, NOCPOC reports said, adding that the results of some PCR tests are still pending.
The following ten police areas and 33 Grama Sevaka areas in six districts will continue to be isolated until further notice:
Police areas: Mutwal, Grandpass, Wolfendhal, Dam Street, Keselwaththa, Maligawaththa, Maradana, Dematagoda, Kotahena
GS areas: Wekanda, Wanathamulla, Salamul, Hunupitiya, Hatey Waththa, Kokila Road
Flats: Randiya Uyana, Laksanda Sewana, Ferguson Road South
GS areas: Kerawalapitiya, Hekiththa, Kurunduhena, Evariwatta, Welikadamulla, Peliyagodawatta, Peliyagoda Gangabada, Migahawatta, Pattiya North, Welgoda North
Housing scheme: Thaladuwa Road Labours House
GS areas: Atalugama East, Atalugama West, Epitamulla, Bogahawaththa, Korawala, Galgemandiya, Bamunumulla
GS areas: Bulugahathenna, Thelambugahawatta, Bogambara, Poornawatta west
GS areas: Weralabada, Weralabada South, Weralabada North, Egodawaththe, Kurusa Paduwa
Police areas: Akkaraipattu (Colombo/Dec10/2020)