309 Covid patients reported yesterday – Country total increased to 6,287 – Funeral of 14th victim to be held today

The Government Information Department stated that 309 coronavirus patients were reported from Sri Lanka yesterday alone. Accordingly, the total number of infected persons in the country increased to 6,287. Among the cases reported yesterday, 188 were reported from the Peliyagoda fish market and another 97 were identified as associates.

In addition, two individuals from quarantine centers were also identified as patients, said Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander-in-Chief of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID 19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

14th Covid death in Sri Lanka
Meanwhile, the last rites of the 50-year-old woman who passed away yesterday (22) while receiving treatment for coronavirus at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital is set to be conducted today (23) in accordance with quarantine laws.

The woman, a resident of Ulupitiya, Kuliyapitiya, was identified as a COVID-19n patient after she was admitted to the Kuliyapitiya Hospital on the 14 October. The husband of the deceased woman was also diagnosed with coronavirus.

As a result, 54 persons which include 13 doctors and nurses were directed to quarantine, while one ward where she was being treated was closed temporarily. A total of 44 cases of coronavirus were reported in the Kuliyapitiya area so far.

350 PCR tests 250 test positive – Peliyagoda Fish Market
Out of the 1,178 PCR tests that were conducted on 21 October, 350 results were released, which includes 250 positive identifications. Accordingly, the number of coronavirus patients reported from the Peliyagoda fish market currently stands around 300.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana further requested the public to be vigilant if anyone had visited the Peliyagoda fish market within last week.

The manager of the Beruwala harbor also stated that the harbor would be closed from today (23) until further notice as ten lorry drivers and their assistants who were transporting fish from Beruwala to the Peliyagoda fish market was identified as COVID-19 patients.

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