623 persons test positive for COVID-19

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  • 321 delayed cases added to total after verification
  • 593,072 COVID-19 cases detected to date
  • Includes 488,194 persons from New Year cluster
  • 10,563 persons under medical or home-based care 

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 detections rose to 593,072 with the detection of 623 COVID-19 positive persons and the addition of over 300 delayed cases to the total.

According to the Epidemiology Unit, 321 COVID-19 cases detected between 15 December and 31 December were added to the total after verification.

In addition to this, 623 persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, of which 619 were from the New Year cluster and four were overseas arrivals.

The previous day, 456 persons form the New Year cluster and five Sri Lankan overseas arrivals tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Promotion Bureau states that 7,958 PCR tests and 2,563 rapid antigen tests were conducted on Monday.

In total, 488,194 patients from the New Year cluster, 82,785 patients from the Peliyagoda cluster, 9,081 patients from the Prisons cluster and 3,059 patients from the Divulapitiya cluster have been detected.

The country’s total COVID-19 detections also include 7,088 Sri Lankan overseas arrivals and 328 foreigners.

According to the district distribution of COVID-19 detections, 118,865 persons from Colombo, 102,504 persons from Gampaha, 54,147 persons from Kalutara, 38,708 persons from Galle, and 28,811 persons from Kurunegala have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 detections during the third wave of the pandemic include 86,568 persons from Colombo, 83,970 persons from Gampaha, and 47,089 persons from Kalutara.

At present, 10,563 persons are under medical or home-based care and 2,413 persons suspected of having COVID-19 are under observation.

The country’s COVID-19 recoveries rose to 567,360 with 134 persons released from care yesterday.