Four new COVID-19 patients bring total active cases to 496

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  • Total confirmed cases at 1,928
  • 24 persons recover
  • Over 91,000 PCR tests carried out
  • 289 Sri Lankans return from Dubai

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya

Four persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 496.

Of the patients currently receiving medical care, 104 are at the Hambantota District General Hospital, 87 are at the Welikanda Base Hospital, 80 are at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), 73 at the Kattankudy Base Hospital, 71 at the Teldeniya Base Hospital, and 37 at the Minuwangoda Base Hospital.

In addition to this, 17 patients are at the Iranawila Hospital, 13 at the Homagama Base Hospital, four at the Panagoda Army Hospital, and one at the Colombo East Base Hospital.

With the identification of four new COVID-19 cases, the total number of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 1,928. According to the Epidemiology Unit, 938 are Navy personnel and their close contacts and 313 are other local cases. Of the imported cases, 668 are Sri Lankan returnees from abroad and seven are foreign returnees.

The distribution of cases show 901 among the Sri Lanka Navy, 625 among overseas arrivals at quarantine centres, and 71 among local communities at quarantine centres.

The number of COVID-19 recoveries in the country has increased to 1,421, with 24 persons recovering yesterday. Twelve of these recoveries were from the NIID, four from the Welisara Navy Hospital, four from the Teldeniya Base Hospital, three from the Homagama Base Hospital, and one from the Kattankudy Base Hospital.With eight recoveries on Wednesday, a total of 748 Navy personnel have recovered from COVID-19, the Sri Lanka Navy stated. They added that the patients were discharged after testing negative on PCR tests carried out by the hospitals. The Navy personnel will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine after being discharged from hospital. The Sri Lanka Navy also stated that 19 persons left the Boossa Quarantine Centre yesterday and on Tuesday, bringing the total number to have completed the process at the centre in Boossa to 321 while 87 persons are currently undergoing quarantine at the centre.

The Epidemiology Unit also stated that 61 suspect patients are currently under investigation at various hospitals. This includes 20 at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Hospital and 17 at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital.

According to the Health Promotion Bureau, 91,391 PCR tests have been carried out so far, including 1,381 on Wednesday. In addition to these efforts, repatriation flights are being scheduled and a flight carrying 289 Sri Lankans from Dubai landed in the country yesterday morning. According to the Defence Ministry, all returnees were disinfected and tested before being sent to quarantine centres.

The Ministry also issued a statement yesterday on the Itukama COVID-19 fund, stating that the fund has surpassed Rs. 1,386 million in deposits.