5,444 COVID-19 cases detected over the weekend

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  • 2,642 persons test positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, 12,285 PCR tests carried out
  • Total patient count rises to 485,922, includes 380,001 cases linked to New Year cluster
  • Western Province detections during third wave rise to 183,658
  • 61,814 persons under medical or home-based care


By Shailendree 

Wickrama Adittiya

Weekend  COVID-19 detections rose to 5,444, with 2,802 persons testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and 2,642 persons testing positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

The patients detected yesterday include 2,641 persons from the New Year cluster and one overseas arrival.

According to the Health Promotion Bureau, 12,285 PCR tests were carried out yesterday and 11,102 PCR tests and 3,160 rapid antigen tests were carried out on Saturday.

On Saturday, 2,802 persons tested positive for COVID-19, of which 2,791 were from the New Year cluster, six were Sri Lankan overseas arrivals, and five were from the Prisons cluster.

A total of 380,001 persons from the New Year cluster, 82,785 persons from the Peliyagoda cluster, 8,319 persons from the Prisons cluster, and 3,059 persons from the Divulapitiya cluster have tested positive for COVID-19.

The country’s imported cases consist of 6,874 Sri Lankans and 328 foreigners.

A total of 485,922 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. The district distribution of COVID-19 patients records 105,628 persons from Colombo, 87,837 persons from Gampaha, 48,082 persons from Kalutara, 26,991 persons from Galle, and 23,178 persons from Kurunegala.

Western Province detections during the third wave of the pandemic include 73,331 persons from Colombo, 69,303 persons from Gampaha, and 41,024 persons from Kalutara.

At present, 61,814 persons are under medical or home-based care and 2,854 persons suspected of having COVID-19 are under observation.

The country’s COVID-19 recoveries rose to 412,812, with 1,579 persons leaving hospitals yesterday.