594 persons test positive for COVID-19

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  • Total case count rises to 594,319
  • Includes 489,464 persons from New Year cluster
  • Western Province detections rise to 275,999
  • 11,445 persons under medical or home-based care


By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 case count rose to 594,319 with the detection of 594 COVID-19 patients yesterday.

According to the Department of Government Information, 590 persons from the New Year cluster and four overseas arrivals tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

COVID-19 patients detected the previous day include 651 persons from the New Year cluster and two Sri Lankan overseas arrivals. The Health Promotion Bureau states that 7,899 PCR tests and 4,906 rapid antigen tests were conducted on Wednesday.

Of the country’s total COVID-19 detections, 489,464 are from the New Year cluster, 82,785 are from the Peliyagoda cluster, 9,081 are from the Prisons cluster and 3,059 are from the Divulapitiya cluster.

The country’s imported cases include 7,094 Sri Lankan overseas arrivals and 328 foreigners.

According to the district distribution of COVID-19 detections, 119,151 persons from Colombo, 102,637 persons from Gampaha, 54,211 persons from Kalutara, 38,806 persons from Galle, and 28,829 persons from Kurunegala have tested positive for the virus.

During the third wave of the pandemic, 86,854 patients from Colombo, 84,103 patients from Gampaha, and 47,153 patients from Kalutara have been detected.

At present, 11,445 persons are under medical or home-based care and 2,347 persons suspected of having COVID-19 are under observation.

The Epidemiology Unit states that 181 persons were released from care yesterday, raising the country’s COVID-19 recoveries to 567,700.