UPDATE: The number of coronavirus patients detected in Sri Lanka crossed the 300 mark today.
The Ministry of Health said that nine more patients were confirmed this evening to have contracted the virus taking the total to 304.
Of the nine new patients, eight were identified as persons who were placed in quarantine in the Bandaranayakepura area in Colombo 12.
The ninth person is said to be a fish vendor from Piliyandala.
Earlier 24 people were also detected with the virus from the Bandaranayakepura area. (Colombo Gazette)