Four arrivals found to be infected

Four individuals who had arrived from overseas have tested positive for COVID-19.

The National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said the passengers had arrived from Pakistan, Qatar, Poland, and the Maldives.

They were among over 580 COVID patients detected in Sri Lanka during the 24-hour period ending at 06.00 a.m. today.

Meanwhile, four flights carrying 197 passengers arrived in Sri Lanka this morning.

The NOCPCO said 10 passengers arrived from the Maldives, 73 from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and two flights arrived from Qatar with 36 and 78 passengers respectively.

Seven more flights with nearly 65 passengers were scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka during the course of the day.

From among the passengers, 13 are from India, three from the Maldives, 12 from Bangladesh, 11 from Singapore, 14 from the UAE, and six each from Turkey and China.

The passengers, who are mostly Sri Lankans being repatriated after being stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be transferred to military-operated quarantine centers.

Nearly 6,006 individuals are undergoing quarantine at 80 military-run quarantine centers across the country.

The NOCPCO said 12,139 PCR tests were conducted yesterday (12) alone, following which 588 COVID patients were detected in the country.  From the patients, 584 were detected from various parts of Sri Lanka.

The Gampaha District reported 158 patients, which was the highest detection for the day, followed by the Colombo District with 147 patients, and the Kandy District with 43 patients.(Colombo Gazette)

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