Total COVID-19 cases surpass 2,800

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  • 23 persons test positive for COVID-19, total reaches 2,805 
  • Over 670 persons currently under medical care
  • 80 suspect patients being monitored
  • COVID-19 recoveries increase to 2,121

Twenty-three persons, including six overseas arrivals, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed patients in the island to 2,805.

Of the total patients, 950 are Navy personnel and their contacts, 908 are Sri Lankan returnees from abroad, 581 are from or contacts of the Kandakadu cluster, and 31 are foreigners. With the new patients, the total number of active cases has increased to 672, including 406 at the Kandakadu Treatment Centre, 63 at the Welikanda Base Hospital, 49 at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), 39 at the Panagoda Army Hospital, and 36 at the Minuwangoda Base Hospital.

The Epidemiology Unit adds that 35 persons are currently receiving treatment at the Kattankudy Base Hospital, 13 at the Iranawila Hospital, four at the Colombo East Base Hospital, and two at the Kamburugamuwa District General Hospital.

In addition to this, 80 persons are currently being monitored at various hospitals over COVID-19 suspicions, including 18 at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital and 17 at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Hospital.

According to the Health Promotion Bureau, the country’s recovery rate is 75.64% and 2,121 persons have recovered from COVID-19 so far. This includes 15 recoveries in the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. yesterday, of which nine were discharged from the Kattankudy Base Hospital, four from the Panagoda Army Hospital, and one each from the NIID and the Minuwangoda Base Hospital.The Health Promotion Bureau also states that 153,065 PCR tests have been carried out so far, including 1,851 on Sunday. There are also 3,556 persons currently undergoing quarantine at 44 centres managed by the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, and Sri Lanka Air Force. This includes 76 at the Boossa Quarantine Centre and 27 at the Kalpitiya Quarantine Centre, as well as 53 persons who arrived from Doha yesterday and one person who arrived from Dubai on Sunday.

A total of 26,942 persons have completed the process and left quarantine centres so far, including 529 from the Boossa Quarantine Centre and 92 from the Kalpitiya Quarantine Centre.

29 persons left centres managed by the Sri Lanka Army yesterday, while 42 persons left centres managed by the Sri Lanka Navy over the weekend. The Sri Lanka Air Force also stated that 48 civilians quarantined at a centre managed by the Sri Lanka Air Force at the National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases at Welisara left the centre on Saturday.