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Twenty-eight new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka; total cases rise to 3,262

ECONOMYNEXT – Twenty-eight new COVID-19 patients were identified in Sri Lanka as at 6am today (15), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

All 28 patients were returnees from abroad: 13 had returned from Dubai, five from Bahrain, four from Bangladesh, three returning civilian sailors and another Sri Lankan returning from India, one from Qatar, and one from Kuwait, all of whom had been quarantined at various military-run centres.

With the new patients, total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the island has risen to 3,262. Some 56 individuals are currently under investigations in hospital, with 244 active cases, according to the Health Promotion Bureau.

Nine patients returned home as at 6am today upon recovery, bringing recoveries in Sri Lanka to 3,005. According to NOCPOC, all nine were returnees from abroad.

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 638 have recovered from the Kandakadu cluster while 11 are still undergoing treatment.

By this morning, 26 returnees flew in from Doha, Qatar. Another five arrived from Abu Dhabi, NOCPOC said, adding that all returnees will be directed to military-run quarantine centres.

Eleven people are to finish their quarantine at military-run centres today, said NOCPOC. A total of 41,113 people have completed quarantine so far.

Meanwhile, the number of people in quarantine in 60 centres run by the armed forces is 6,142.

A total of 256,043 PCR tests have been conducted in the island so far with 1,920 tests carried out yesterday.

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Sri Lanka as at September 15 records 13 COVID-19 related deaths. (Colombo/Sep 09/2020)

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