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Twelve new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYEXT – Sri Lanka identified 12 new COVID-19 patients as at 6am today (25), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Eleven of the patients were returnees from India that were being quarantined at a Sri Lanka Navy-run facility in Palali. The other patient, also a returnee from India, was quarantined at Paradise Hotel in Dambulla.

With the new cases, the total of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the island has risen to 2,971.

Meanwhile, the number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster has increased to 629, out of which 508 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members and 48 are close contacts. One is a close contact of the patient found from Welikada prison.

Within the past two days, 468 travellers were directed to quarantine centres from Maldives, Dubai, Doha-Qatar, Chennai and Germany.  Some 228 individuals quarantined in centres military-operated were released today; 51 of whom were isolated at Jetwing Sea, 135 from Jetwing Blue, 10 from Jetwing beach, 20 from Carolina Beach, and 12 from the Rajagiriya Ayurvedic Centre, bringing the total amount of people discharged from quarantine centres to 32,816.

A total of 1,580 PCR tests were carried out yesterday, bringing the total number of tests conducted to 211,090.

As of 06AM today, five patients were discharged from hospitals upon complete recovery.

Some 607 individuals from the Kandakadu cluster have been discharged from hospitals, while the active cases in association with the group are 22.  (Colombo/Aug26/2020)

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