16th January 2021 13:23:19 Hours
As of this morning (18), a total of 763 more persons were confirmed positive to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Among them, were 14 Sri Lankan expatriates and other 749 are locally-identified ones, including the majority 241 from Colombo district, 210 from Gampaha district, 41 from Matara district and 257 from different other districts, states the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).
By this morning (18), a total of 53, 075 persons have been confirmed positive to COVID-19 from all over the country, including the dead. 45,170 fully-recovered COVID-19 patients have been so far discharged from hospitals and the rest 7,641 are still under treatment in hospitals and care centres.
By this morning (18), 425 recovered patients have left hospitals and care centres in the past 24 hours. Eight more deaths have been reported from Kolonnawa, Borella, Udupussellawa, Kegalle, Dehiwala, Polonnaruwa Colombo 8 and Ududumbara areas in the past 24 hours. Accordingly, the COVID-19 death toll in the country rose to 264 by this morning (18).
By this morning (18), the flight UL 1264 from Saudi Arabia with 75 passengers and the flight QR 668 from Qatar with 29 passengers have arrived.
The flight UL 102 from the Maldives with 09 passengers, the flight MAGAN 292 from China with 12 passengers, the flight UL 186 from Pakistan with 06 passengers and UL 230 from Kuwait with 297 passengers are expected to arrive here within the day. They all were to be referred to Quarantine Centers (QCs), managed by tri-services upon their arrival after formalities at the airport.
As of this morning (18), 7,173 persons in 83 tri service-managed QCs are still in quarantine. Within yesterday (17), 15,218 PCR tests have been conducted.