Covid-19 recovered cases outnumber new positive cases

As the daily number of recovered Covid-19 patients has outnumbered the new positive cases during the past seven days, Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 diagram shows a significant downturn from May 13, latest data released by the Ministry of Health revealed.

According to data released by the Epidemiology Unit and Health Promotion Bureau, 89 Covid-19 cases have been detected during past week, while 260 patients have left hospitals after full recovery (as of Saturday 5 pm). By last night 12 more new cases were reported and officials confirmed that they were from the SL Navy who are already under quarantine. Of the two identified earlier in the day, one is a returnee from India, currently at Kandakadu quarantine centre and the other from the Meeyankulam centre.

As a result, the number of active cases dropped to 419 by Saturday, from 524 active cases on May 13. In Sri Lanka, May 7 was the peak so far, with 583 active cases since the detection of the first local Covid-19 case on March 11.

Sri Lanka has detected 949 Covid-19 cases in more than 41,000 tests conducted up to yesterday and only nine deaths have been reported with nearly 0.96% case fatality rate. A total of 520 Covid-19 patients have recovered since the second week of March while 106 patients are still under surveillance with suspicious symptoms.

Of the 627 Covid-19 patients tested in the past 25 days (from April 22 to 4pm yesterday), 534 patients are reported among the Naval personnel and their close contacts, already in quarantine centres.

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