- 65 patients recover, 4 new patients identified, active cases 730
- Total confirmed cases increase to 1,868
- Over 80,000 PCR tests carried out
By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya
The number of COVID-19 recoveries rose to 1,122 with the recovery of 65 patients yesterday.
The new recoveries include 36 from the Welisara Navy Hospital, 14 from the Colombo East Base Hospital, 12 from the Homagama Base Hospital, and one each from the National Institution of Infectious Diseases (NIID), the Iranawila Hospital and the Minuwangoda Base Hospital.
The new recoveries have reduced the number of active patients to 735. This includes 134 patients at the NIID, 107 at the Hambantota District General Hospital, 97 at the Welikanda Base Hospital, 96 at the Kattankudy Base Hospital, and 95 at the Teldeniya Base Hospital.
In its situation report published yesterday, the Epidemiology Unit stated that a further 52 patients are under medical care at the Welisara Navy Hospital, 48 at the Homagama Base Hospital, 47 at the Minuwangoda Base Hospital, 29 at the Iranawila Hospital, 17 at the Colombo East Base Hospital, and four at the Panagoda Army Hospital.
With only nine new COVID-19 cases identified yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 1,868. Of these, 908 are Navy personnel and their close contacts, 640 are local returnees from abroad, and 313 are other local cases.
According to the Epidemiology Unit, 866 of the total cases are Navy personnel while 595 were identified among overseas arrivals at quarantine centres and 71 among local communities at quarantine centres.
While 62 suspect patients are currently under investigation at various hospitals, the Health Promotion Bureau states that 80,302 PCR tests have been carried out so far, including 1,579 on Tuesday.
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) stated that six persons left the SLN-managed quarantine centre in Boossa yesterday having completed the quarantine process. The statement added that 286 persons have left the Boossa Quarantine Centre so far and that 73 persons are yet to complete the quarantine process.
The total number of persons to have left quarantine centres in the country has increased to 12,452, Military spokesperson Brig. Chandana Wickremasinghe said, adding that 5,118 persons are currently undergoing quarantine.
Wickremasinghe added that 61 persons at the Diyatalawa Army Hospital and the Club Hotel Dolphin in Waikkala left for home today having completed the quarantine process.
According to the Epidemiology Unit, there are 667 persons at the Welisara Naval Base, 169 at the Rangala Navy Camp, 155 persons at the Trincomalee Army Camp, and 118 at the Minneriya Camp.
The Military spokesperson also stated that UL 504 brought down seven persons from London yesterday.
A day after a protest by the Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) against Police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in the US, Health and Indigenous Medical Services Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated that any picketing or rallies without adherence to quarantine regulations were carried out without the public’s best interests in mind.
“We cannot permit public gatherings and such gatherings increase the chances of the virus spreading among the public,” she said, adding that the Government’s aim was to stop COVID-19 from spreading among the public.
Sri Lanka’s last case identified from the community was reported on 30 April and all cases identified since have been from quarantine centres or Navy personnel and their close contacts. However, Wanniarachchi stated that holding protests of this nature were a violation of quarantine regulations and requested that the public refrain from partaking in these.