Colombo, May 8 (newsin.asia) – Nineteen COVID-19 related deaths were reported yesterday (7) which brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in the country to 764 the Department of Government Information stated.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases stands at 121,338. with 18,811 active cases across the island according to the Epidemiology Unit’s data. The number of recovered and discharged cases has increased to 101,763.
According to the Government Information Department, 1,889 of the new cases reported today are associated with the New Year coronavirus cluster. Meanwhile, the remaining 25 were identified as arrivals from foreign countries.
More than 4,000 COVID-19 infected patients are reported still to be at home due to the shortage of beds at treatment centres or hospitals.
A total of 4,906 patients are undergoing treatment at 43 hospitals while 6,051 patients are undergoing treatment in 19 government Intermediate Care Centres and another 2,086 patients are at 13 paid ICCs the National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak said.
The largest COVID treatment hospital in the country was opened in Seeduwa by the Army Commander, Gen. Shavendra Silva. The hospital has a capacity of treating 1,200 patients. Accordingly, 2500 beds have already been setup, while they intend to set up another 5000 beds in the next 3-4 days.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has approved the emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Prof. Channa Jayasumana, the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals said. Sri Lanka plans to import 5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
The Education Ministry yesterday said all universities, schools, pre-schools, tuition classes will remain closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation until further notice.