154 Jinthupitiya residents moved to quarantine

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  • 3 new cases, total number of confirmed cases rise to 2,069
  • 36 patients recover, 193 remain in care
  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90%

A total of 154 residents of Jinthupitiya, Colombo-13 were moved to quarantine as a precautionary measure yesterday after a seaman who was under self-quarantine in the area tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. 

Sri Lanka reached a COVID-19 recovery rate of 90.17% after 36 infected patients recovered from the virus and were discharged from care yesterday. The total number of recoveries has reached 1,863.  According to the Health Promotion Bureau (HBU) the global average recovery rate for COVID-19 remains at 56.07% in comparison to the 90.17% recovery rate of Sri Lanka. 

With three persons testing positive for COVID-19 yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases increased to 2,069. According to Health Services Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe, 154 residents of Jinthupitiya in Colombo-13 were moved in to quarantine centres after being subjected to PCR test for COVID-19 after a recently repatriated person living nearby tested positive for the virus while being self-quarantined at home. 

Dr. Jasinghe said that there was no risk of community spreading as the infected person had been quarantined at a centre before and had been under self-quarantine when he tested positive for COVID-19. Daily FT understands that the repatriated person had been subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test on his return home but it had returned negative results. 

Of the 193 patients under treatment, 25 including two foreign nationals are being treated at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIID). The Base Hospital Welikanda is treating the highest number of patients – 51, with the Kattankudy Base Hospital and the Minuwangoda Base Hospital each treating 39 and 24 COVID-19 patients respectively.

The National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 did not release information regarding those in quarantine or the number who were released from the centres yesterday.