Sri Lanka records 20th COVID-19 death; 633 new patients

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded its 20th COVID-19 death a short while ago, a 54-year-old female that was undergoing treatment in the Colombo National Hospital, the country’s COVID-19 task force confirmed.

The National Operation Centre for prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said the patient was admitted to the national hospital on October 29. A resident of Colombo 12, the patient had been suffering from several chronic illnesses and, according to NOCPOC, passed away during the early hours of today.

Meanwhile, 633 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus patients yesterday (October 30), with active cases reaching towards 6,000 amid rising concerns, NOCPOC data showed. Earlier this week, authorities dropped institutionalised quarantine and fast-tracked discharges as buildings were converted to treatment centres.

Of yesterday’s total, 264 were confirmed from Gampaha, with 48 from Pitipana and 162 from Colombo with 29 from Nawagamuwa and 75 from Colombo 1 to 18, NOCPOC said.

“There are several hundred patients being reported each day,” Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera told reporters.

“It is also spreading fast. It is now in practically all districts,” he added.

He urged people to limit movements.

Sri Lanka has avoided a nation-wide lockdown and has tried targeted curfews.

Deputy Director of Health Dr Hemantha Herath said operating procedures were being revised to speed up discharges.

Sri Lanka had 5,760 in institutionalised quarantine, down from around 8,500 a week earlier. Another 508 will be discharged today (October 31), the task force said. (Colombo/Oct30/2020)

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