746 persons test positive for COVID-19, inter-provincial travel restrictions extended

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  • Inter-provincial travel restrictions extended until 21 October
  • 641 cases reported during the last week of September added to case count
  • Total COVID-19 detections rise to 524,937
  • 32,488 persons under medical or home-based care

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 detections rose to 524,937 with the detection of 746 COVID-19 patients yesterday.

Despite a gradual relaxation of restrictions, especially with the drop in daily detections, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control yesterday decided that existing inter-provincial travel restrictions will remain in place until 21 October.

According to the Epidemiology Unit, 641 COVID-19 cases detected between 23 September and 30 September have been added to the total case count after verification.

The patients detected yesterday were from the New Year cluster and 7,260 PCR tests were conducted yesterday.

On Thursday, 6,282 PCR tests and 3,696 rapid antigen tests were conducted and 772 persons tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID-19 detections include 758 persons from the New Year cluster and 14 persons from the Prisons cluster.

The Epidemiology Unit states that the patient count of the New Year cluster is 420,286 and the patient count of the Prisons cluster is 82,785. The local COVID-19 cases also include 82,785 persons from the Peliyagoda cluster and 3,059 persons from the Divulapitiya cluster. The country’s imported COVID-19 cases include 6,944 Sri Lankans and 328 foreigners.

The district distribution of COVID-19 detections shows 111,139 patients from Colombo, 93,082 patients from Gampaha, 51,202 patients from Kalutara, 31,913 patients from Galle, and 25,269 patients from Kurunegala.

During the third wave of the pandemic, 78,842 persons from Colombo, 74,548 persons from Gampaha, and 44,144 persons from Kalutara tested positive for COVID-19.

At present, 32,488 persons are under medical or home-based care and 2,858 persons suspected of having COVID-19 are under observation.

The Epidemiology Unit states that 421 persons were released from care yesterday, raising the country’s COVID-19 recoveries to 479,182.