Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka records its 20th Covid-19 death

Coronavirus Update: Another person under medical care died of Covid-19 last night at the National Hospital in Colombo (30), the Ministry of Health reported.

Coronavirus Death - COVID-19 death
Coronavirus Death – COVID-19 death

A 54-year-old female from the Colombo 12 area was identified as the deceased.

The deceased was a diabetic, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.

This morning, the findings of the PCR test carried out on her indicated that she was exposed to the novel coronavirus.

The total number of Covid-19 fatalities recorded in Sri Lanka is now 20, according to data from the Health Ministry.

DIG Rohana says So far, sixty police officers have been exposed to coronavirus

DIG Ajith Rohana - Sri Lanka
DIG Ajith Rohana – Sri Lanka

As of this morning, the total number of police officers infected with Covid-19 is 60 (31), according to DIG Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana.

He said that nearly 400 of these patients’ close contacts were directed towards quarantine facilities at the Kalutara and Kundasale police training schools.

Moreover, between 1,000 and 1,100 police officers at their respective barracks have been put under self-isolation.

Two-week isolation for those who left WP before the curfew

According to Police Speaker DIG Ajith Rohana, individuals who left the Western Province before the curfew came into force will be held in isolation for two weeks at the respective establishments they are currently staying at.

This morning, speaking to Media, DIG Rohana said that the police, along with the assistance of tech experts, launched probes on those who posted on social media about leaving the province before the curfew.

Police officers would receive appropriate details from the management of each hotel about the guests who arrived on 29 and 30 October, the police spokesperson added.

Legal action against hotel management would be sought, he stressed, if they withhold information of the guests.

140 Recovered COVID-19 Patients Leave Hospitals-NOCPCO

National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO)
National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO)

As of this morning (31), a total of 633 more persons were confirmed positive to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. All of them were from locally-identified affectees, states the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

By 6.00 this morning (31), the total number of COVID-19 positive cases reported from Minuwangoda garment factory stands at 6,946. Of them, 1041 are factory employees and other 5,905 are locally-identified contacts of those garment factory-infected employees.

The flight EY 264 from Abu Dhabi with 6 passengers and the flight QR 688 from Doha, Qatar with 12 passengers have arrived in Colombo. All those passengers were referred to Quarantine Centres (QCs), managed by tri-services after formalities at the airport.

Within the day (31), 508 quarantined individuals after PCR tests are set to leave for their homes. Of them, 5 persons are from Nipuna Boossa QC, 4 persons from Habaraduwa Police building QC, 2 persons from Waskaduwa Citrus Hotel QC, 28 persons from Koggala Resort Hotel QC, 71 persons from Hotel Eden Garden QC, 2 persons from Hotel Jetwing Blue QC, 32 persons from from MRS Diyatalawa QC, 2 persons from Diytatalawa Holiday Bungalow QCs,110 persons from Peradeniya Teachers’ Training School QC, 23 persons from Polgolla QC, 17 persons from Pallekele QC, 34 persons from Periyakadu QC and 178 persons from Kopay Teachers’ Training School QC.

To-date, 60,079 individuals have left for homes after quarantining. As of this morning (31), 5,760 persons in 60 tri service-managed QCs are still in quarantine. Within yesterday (30), 12,106 PCR tests were carried out across the country and the total PCR tests conducted so far stands at 502,669.

By 6.00 this morning (31), 140 fully-recovered COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals. Of them, 3 persons were from foreign lands and other 137 persons are identified as close contacts of the Minuwangoda garment factory-infected employees who were in quarantine at QCs.

Epidemiology Unit

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