- Total count rises to 79,999; includes 75,923 patients linked to triple clusters
- Over 2,000 Sri Lankan returnees from overseas have tested positive for COVID-19
- 5,255 COVID-19 patients under medical care, recoveries rise to 74,299
- Over 3,000 persons arrested since 30 Oct. for not complying with quarantine regulations
By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya
The total COVID-19 patient count rose to 79,999 yesterday, with 1,062 persons testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
Patients detected yesterday include 495 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 23 persons linked to the prisons cluster, and one overseas arrival. The 543 patients detected on Saturday include 528 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and 15 foreigners.
This brings the total number of patients detected from the Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda and Prisons clusters to 75,923.
The total patient count also includes 2,010 Sri Lankan returnees from abroad, 950 Navy personnel and their contacts, 651 persons linked to the Kandakadu cluster, and 151 foreigners.
The Epidemiology Unit’s district distribution of COVID-19 patients records 27,323 persons from Colombo, 15,956 persons from Gampaha, 5,911 persons from Kalutara, 3,705 persons from Kandy, and 2,096 persons from Kurunegala.
This includes the persons who tested positive for the virus on Saturday, of which 180 were from Colombo, 116 were from Gampaha, 39 were from Ratnapura, 39 were from Puttalam, and 35 were from Kandy.
The Epidemiology Unit adds that 5,255 COVID-19 patients are currently under medical care. This includes 303 persons at the Bingiriya Treatment Centre, 273 persons at the Giriulla Treatment Centre, and 247 persons at the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital. Hospitals are also monitoring 609 persons suspected of having COVID-19.
Meanwhile, 843 persons were discharged from hospitals yesterday, of which 67 persons left the Bingiriya Treatment Centre, 60 persons left the Giriulla Treatment Centre, and 48 persons left the Kopai Treatment Centre. This brings the total COVID-19 recoveries to 74,299.
In terms of testing, the Health Promotion Bureau states that 12,936 PCR tests were performed in the island on Saturday.
According to Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana, 12,000 Public and private establishments have been inspected thus far and 1,400 have been found to be not following quarantine regulations.
“In the past 24 hours, 12 persons were arrested for failing to comply with quarantine regulations. Since 30 October, a total of 3,202 have been arrested for not complying with quarantine regulations like wearing face masks and maintaining distance,” he added.