Eleven new COVID-19 patients identified today

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11 persons tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, increasing the total count to 835. All 11 have been identified as Navy personnel or their close contacts, and were discovered through active surveillance in the community. This brings the total patients identified among Navy personnel and their close contacts since 22 April to 437.

Meanwhile 1,821 PCR tests were conducted yesterday, with the latest situation report by the Epidemiology Unit showing that of the 11 new cases ten were asymptomatic.

Of the 835 total confirmed cases islandwide, 404 are from the Sri Lanka Navy, 65 among local communities at quarantine centres, and 42 are overseas arrivals at quarantine centres. The district distribution shows 150 patients from the Colombo District, 36 from Gampaha, 35 from Puttalam, and 34 from Kalutara.

Fifteen recoveries were recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. today, including six from the Welikanda Base Hospital, five from the Iranawila Hospital, three from the Homagama Base Hospital, and one from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID). So far, a total of 255 persons have recovered from COVID-19. This brings the number of active patients in the country to 571, of which 192 are located at the Navy Hospital, 118 at the NIID, 85 at the Colombo East Base Hospital, 59 at the Kathankudi Base Hospital, 57 at the Homagama Base Hospital, 47 at the Welikanda Base Hospital, and 13 at the Iranawila Hospital.

Of the 135 suspect patients who have been hospitalised, 24 are at the Negombo District General Hospital, 19 are at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, and 19 are at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka.