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15th October 2020 12:11:11 Hours

121 More Contacts & Expatriates Confirmed Positive- NOCPCO

As of this morning (18), a total of 121 more persons were confirmed positive to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Among them, 6 are expatriates (02 Filipino sea fareres in quarantine at Hotel Best Western, 01 Russian seafarer at Hotel Birjaya, 01 sea farer from the Red Sea in quarantine at Habaraduwa Police QC, 1 Sri Lankan expatriate from UAE and 1 Sri Lankan expatriate from South Africa in quarantine at Wind Beach Resort ). Other 115 persons were locally-identified close contacts of Minuwangoda garment factory-infected employees, states the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

By 6.00 this morning (18), the total number of COVID-19 positive cases reported from Minuwangoda garment factory is 2016. Of them, 1,041 are factory employees and other 975 are locally-identified contacts of the garment factory-infected employees.

By this morning, the flight QR 668 from Doha, Qatar has arrived with 26 passengers and all of them were sent to the tri forces-managed Quarantine Centres after PCR tests.

Within the day (18), 66 quarantined individuals after PCR tests are set to leave for their homes. Of them, 2 persons are from Hotel Mount Lavinia QC, 01 person from Hotel Jetwing Beach QC, 28 persons from Hotel Dolphin QC, 07 persons from Paradise Green Hotel QC, 02 persons from Hotel Sheraton QC, 02 persons from Kalpitiya Ruwala Hotel QC, 10 persons from Habaraduwa Police QC and 14 persons from Dabhakolapatuna Resort QC.

To-date, 53,937 individuals have left for homes after quarantining. As of this morning (18), 9,386 persons in 82 tri-service-managed QCs are still in quarantine. Within yesterday (17), 8724 PCR tests were carried out across the country and the total PCR tests conducted so far stands at 374,448.

By 6.00 this morning (18), 10 fully recovered COVID-19-affectees were discharged home from hospitals. 07 of them are expatriates and 03 were identified close contacts of Minuwangoda garment factory-infected employees who were in quarantine at QCs. (Ends)