19 new patients, total cases reach 1,047

Friday, 22 May 2020 00:30 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

  • 20 persons recover from COVID-19 
  • 10 persons leave Boossa centre following completion of quarantine process
  • 110 Sri Lankans return from Indonesia


The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,047 with the identification of 19 new cases yesterday.

A statement issued by the Department of Government Information said that two patients were Navy personnel who were being quarantined in Mullaitivu while the rest were overseas arrivals from Dubai, who were being quarantined in Giragama.

The total number of COVID-19 patients identified among overseas arrivals at quarantine centres has thus risen to 65, while 68 persons among local communities at quarantine centres and 587 navy personnel have also tested positive. Of the 19 COVID-19 patients identified yesterday, information about the final two individuals who were diagnosed has yet to be revealed. 

The number of patients under medical care is currently 432. This includes 126 at the Navy Hospital, 85 at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), 52 at the Colombo East Base Hospital, 48 at the Minuwangoda Base Hospital, 37 at the Homagama Base Hospital, 34 at the Welikanda Base Hospital, 28 at the Kattankudy Base Hospital, and five at the Iranawila Hospital.

Twenty persons recovered yesterday, including seven from the Homagama Base Hospital, six from the NIID, four from the Colombo East Base Hospital, and three from the Welikanda Base Hospital. The new recoveries bring the total number of COVID-19 recoveries to 604.

In addition to this, 139 suspect patients, including 50 at the Navy Hospital, 14 at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, and 10 at the Kalutara District General Hospital, are under observation.

Ten persons also left the Boossa Quarantine Centre yesterday, having completed the quarantine process. All 10 persons were engaged in security duties aboard international ships, the Navy stated on their website.

“As of now, 168 persons as 22 groups have left the Boossa Naval quarantine centre after successful completion of their quarantine process,” the statement said, adding that 84 Sri Lankans are currently undergoing the quarantine process at this centre.

A Garuda Indonesia flight had also brought down 110 Sri Lankans from Indonesia yesterday, and the Defence Ministry stated on their website that all returnees were disinfected by Air Force personnel prior to their departure for the 14-day quarantine process.


Itukama COVID-19 fund reaches Rs. 1.13 b