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Twelve new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,299

ECONOMYNEXT – Twelve new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (22), the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All patients were returnees from abroad – Two having returned from the UAE, two from India, eight from Maldives, all of whom had been in quarantine.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,299. Some 38 individuals are currently under investigation in hospitals, with 186 active cases.

Twelve Sri Lankan patients returned home upon recovery as at 6am today, bringing total recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,088.

NOCPOC said out of the twelve recovered patients, four were returnees from abroad while eight were detainees from the Kandakadu cluster.

The number of patients reported from the Kandakadu cluster is now at 649, out of which 528 are detainees, 67 are staff, five are invited staff members, 48 are close contacts and one is a close contact of the patient found at the Welikada prison.

A total of 646 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while three are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 290 returnees arrived in Colombo, all of whom flew in from Abu Dhabi. Another group from India will be arriving today by noon, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Eighteen people ended their quarantine at military-run centres yesterday, according to NOCPOC. A total of 43,849 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 66 centres run by the armed forces is 6,626.

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A total of 269,483 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,470 tests carried out yesterday.

Sri Lanka as at September 22 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 22/2020)

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