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15th September 2020 22:45:41 Hours

224 More Set to Leave for Homes-NOCPCO

As of this morning (16), 09 more persons, all of them expatriates were confirmed positive to COVID-19 epidemic. They are from Kuwait (03) from Hotel Jetwing Blue and Rajagiriya Ayurveda QC, 01 from Qatar in Hotel Amagi Aarya QC, 04 from UAE at Negombo Carolina Beach Hotel QC and Rajagiriya Ayurveda QC, and an (01) Indian Sea Marshal in quarantine, states the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

By 6.00 this morning (16), the total number of detainees in quarantine at Kandakadu and Senapura Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres for Drug Addicts stands at 649. Of them, 528 individuals are detainees under rehabilitation, 67 staff members, 5 guest staffers, 48 family members and close associates, including 01 person who got in contact with the infected one in the Welikada Prison.

The flight QR 668 from Doha, Qatar with 24 passengers last night, the flight 6E 9030 from Chennai, the flight UL 1026 from Chennai with 01 person, and the Flight UL 1042 with 03 persons from Mumbai, India arrived in Sri Lanka and all of them were referred to Quarantine Centres, managed by tri-services after formalities at the airport.

Within the day (16), 224 quarantined individuals after PCR tests are set to leave for their homes. Of them, 07 persons are from Boossa QC, 11 from Ceylon Lodge QC, 79 from Hotel Mandaram, one from Ayurveda QC, 11 persons from Fresco Water Villa QC, 01 from Hotel Kaya Beach QC, 05 from Biyagama Village Hotel QC, 51 persons from Punani QC and 58 persons from Periyakadu QC.

Likewise, 41,192 individuals by this morning (16) have been sent back home after quarantining. 6255 persons in 59 tri-service-managed QCs are still in quarantine. Within yesterday (15), 1810 PCR tests were carried out across the country and the total PCR tests conducted so far stands at 257,477.

Meanwhile, 11 positive COVID-19 cases after full recovery left hospitals early this morning (16). All of them are expatriates. Accordingly, 638 individuals, associated with the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Addicts at Kandakadu have left so far after recovery. A total of 11 infected persons, connected to the Rehabilitation Centre are still under treatment. Since no positive cases have been reported from society other than those arriving from overseas, all Sri Lankans are urged to continue their health practices and help prevention of its transmission as per instructions given by health authorities. (Ends)