Total COVID-19 detections exceed 490,000 with 2,475 new cases

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  • Total patient count rises to 490,957, includes 385,175 from New Year cluster
  • 185,644 patients detected from Western Province during third wave
  • 63,741 persons receiving treatment
  • Recoveries rise to 415,649

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 detections exceeded 490,000 with 2,475 persons testing positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

The patients detected yesterday include 2,473 persons from the New Year cluster and two overseas arrivals. A total of 9,957 PCR tests were carried out yesterday.

The Health Promotion Bureau states that 9,712 PCR tests and 2,571 rapid antigen tests were carried out the day before. On Monday, 2,560 COVID-19 patients were detected from the New Year cluster.

A total of 490,957 COVID-19 patients have been detected to date, of which 385,175 are from the New Year cluster. Sri Lanka’s local cases also include 82,785 persons from the Peliyagoda cluster, 8,346 persons from the Prisons cluster, and 3,059 persons from the Divulapitiya cluster.

In terms of imported cases, 6,875 Sri Lankans and 328 foreigners have tested positive for COVID-19.

The district distribution of COVID-19 detections shows 106,478 persons from Colombo, 88,474 persons from Gampaha, 48,581 persons from Kalutara, 27,429 persons from Galle, and 23,568 persons from Kurunegala.

During the third wave of the pandemic, 74,181 persons from Colombo, 69,940 persons from Gampaha, and 41,523 persons from Kalutara have tested positive for COVID-19.

At present, 63,741 persons are under medical or home-based care and 2,814 persons suspected of having COVID-19 are under observation.

The Epidemiology Unit states that 1,354 persons left hospitals yesterday, raising the country’s COVID-19 recoveries to 415,649.


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