Six new COVID-19 cases today bring total to 310

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Six new COVID-19 patients were diagnosed today, bringing the total number of cases to 310, the Health Ministry said.

Of the six new patients five were identified from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12 and one patient from Ratnapura. Recoveries also reached 100 today and active cases were at 203.

A total of 149 persons left quarantine centres managed by the Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Navy, having completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine period as well as PCR testing.

Addressing the media today, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said 4,348 persons in total had left the quarantine centres thus far and 1,582 remained at the centres.

He added that 242 persons from Keselwatte were directed to quarantine centres yesterday with the increasing number of COVID-19 patients from the area and a further 1,010 persons belonging to 242 families were sent to three quarantine centres managed by the Sri Lanka Army today.

In addition to this, the families and associates of the two persons who tested positive from Boralesgamuwa and Piliyandala yesterday have been subjected to the PCR test and will be monitored at quarantine centres. “The patient from Boralesgamuwa had gone to a medical centre, of which the nursing staff is now being tested. The private medical centre has been instructed to be closed,” he added.