Total COVID-19 cases cross 1,800

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  • Four new patients reported, 931 active cases
  • 18 released from quarantine, 5,222 remain
  • 443 Navy personnel recover, 401 remain in care
  • 236 Sri Lankans to be repatriated from Germany today
  • Island-wide curfew revised to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. from tonight 
  • Train services to return to normal from Monday

Four persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 1,801, as the Government further relaxed curfew and announced resumption of normalised train services. 

The Government yesterday revised island-wide curfew to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., which will be in effect from tonight, the President’s Media Division said, issuing a press release. Government and private sector institutions and officers were reminded to adhere to public health regulations. Travel between all districts, except Colombo and Gampaha, is permitted. 

The Transport Ministry also said train services, including 49 office trains, will operate as normal from Monday, assisting more people to return to work.

On Thursday (4 June), 48 new patients were reported. A total of 858 patients had recovered as of last evening, and 931 patients remain under treatment at 11 hospitals. Five specialised hospitals are treating over 100 patients each with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) treating 152 while 121 patients are being treated at the Navy Hospital at Welisara, 111 at the Homagama Base Hospital, 108 at the District General Hospital Hambantota, and 100 at the Welikanda Base Hospital.

Eighteen persons who completed the quarantine program were released from two quarantine centres after being subjected to PCR tests, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC) said yesterday. A total of 11,727 persons who completed quarantine at centres managed by the military have returned home as of yesterday evening. An additional 5,222 remain in quarantine, NOCPC added.

According to the NOCPC, 17 Navy personnel recovered from the virus yesterday, bringing the total of recoveries to 443. A total of 401 sailors remain in care.

A special SriLankan Airlines flight (UL1206) from Hamburg in Germany is expected today with 236 Sri Lankan merchant sailors and ship crew who will be moved into quarantine centres after being subjected to PCR tests.