- Highest number of daily recoveries yesterday
- 130 persons discharged from Kandakadu Treatment Centre
- Four persons test positive for COVID-19
- Travel restrictions on Rajanganaya gradually lifted
The highest number of daily COVID-19 recoveries in the island was recorded yesterday, with 175 persons being discharged from various hospitals.
According to the Epidemiology Unit, 130 persons were discharged from the Kandakadu Treatment Centre, 22 from the Panagoda Army Hospital, 13 from the Kattankudy Base Hospital, six from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), and two from both the Welikanda Base Hospital and the Iranawila Hospital.
The total number of COVID-19 recoveries in the island has now increased to 2,269 and the Health Promotion Bureau states that the country’s recovery rate is 81.8%.
The recoveries have brought down the number of active cases in the country to 502. Of these, 289 are receiving treatment at the Kandakadu Treatment Centre, 64 are at the Welikanda Base Hospital, 43 are at the NIID, 40 are at the Minuwangoda Base Hospital, and 27 are at the Kattankudy Base Hospital.
The active cases include four patients identified yesterday, which has increased the total number of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka to 2,809. This includes 950 Navy personnel and their contacts, 913 Sri Lankan returnees from abroad, and 598 from or contacts of the cluster that emerged from the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre.
The Epidemiology Unit adds that 65 persons are currently being monitored at various hospitals over COVID-19 suspicions, while the Health Promotion Bureau states that 154,191 PCR tests have been carried out in the island thus far. This includes 1,126 tests on Monday.
In addition to this, 3,409 persons are currently undergoing quarantine at 38 centres in the country, while 27,105 persons have completed the quarantine process. This includes 171 persons who left centres managed by the Sri Lanka Army yesterday.
Meanwhile restrictions on movement in Rajanganaya are being gradually lifted and the Department of Government Information yesterday stated that restrictions imposed on Kalundagama, Sirimapura, part of Track 1, and Track 2 were lifted on Sunday. Restrictions on the rest of Track 1 as well as Tracks 3 to 6 will be lifted on 31 July.
A statement by the Department of Government Information stated that the Election Commission of Sri Lanka was considering allocating time after 5 p.m. on 5 August for persons undergoing quarantine to cast their vote instead of allocating a separate day for them.
This was discussed when the Task Force of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) met yesterday for a routine session to evaluate the situation and revisit preventative measures.
According to a statement issued by the Sri Lanka Army on the discussion, special focus was drawn to the forthcoming General Elections and cultural pageants, and the participants evaluated the possibilities of minimising personal contact during election-related activities, including the voting process.
The statement reads, “Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, elaborating on the most recent developments at Kandakadu and Rajanganaya, pointed out that those situations have now been well-controlled and there is no need for any isolation of such places any longer.”
Additionally, the Itukama COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund has surpassed a balance of Rs. 1,526 million.