Sri Lanka reaches 68% COVID-19 patient recovery rate

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  • COVID-19 patient recovery rate reaches 68.13%
  • 35 recovers from the virus yesterday, 5 test positive
  • 591 patients remain under treatment
  • 111 repatriated from Chennai, Doha and Male yesterday
  • 4,463 remain in quarantine centres while 77 released yesterday

By Asiri Fernando

Sri Lanka yesterday reached a COVID-19 patient recovery rate of 68.13%, passing the global average recovery rate of 51.4%, the Health Promotion Bureau reported. 

The comparison came in the background of another 35 infected patients recovering from the virus yesterday, raising the total number to recover and be discharged from care to 1,287. Five persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,889. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, 591 remain under care at 11 specialised hospitals as of last evening. 11 patients have succumbed to the virus.   

The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIID) and the Base Hospital Hambantota treat the highest number of patients, with each hospital treating 108 and 105 COVID-19 patients respectively. 

A total of 704 infected Navy Sailors have been discharged and moved in to post-treatment quarantine after recovering from COVID-19 as of yesterday evening, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC) said. According to the Navy all discharged Sailors were subjected PCR test for the virus prior to being moved to quarantine. 173 Sailors remain under treatment for the virus.   

Yesterday saw 111 Sri Lankans repatriated, with 109 returning from Chennai and one each from Maldives and Qatar and were moved in to quarantine centres after being subjected to COVID-19 PCR test at the airport. 

77 persons who completed the quarantine program returned home yesterday after returning negative results for PCR tests. According to the NOCPC, a total of 13,615 persons have returned home after completing quarantine at centres managed by the military. Another 4,463 remain in quarantine at 44 centres around the island.