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Thirty COVID Centres closed with sharp drop

* Over 19,600 beds fall vacant
* Sri Lanka moves from Red to Green Zone

Around 30 centres which were dedicated for treating COVID-19 patients have been closed with the sharp drop of infected persons in recent times, Health Ministry’s Medical Technical Services Director and Chief Coordinator for COVID-19 Dr. Anwar Hamdani said yesterday.

He said there were 278 COVID treatment centres in operation and that number has been reduced to 248.Of the 34,007 beds in these treatment centres, 19,660 beds are currently vacant, and about 40 per cent of the beds in the Intensive Care Units reserved for Covid treatment remain vacant as well, he said.

He said that with the decline in the number of Covid patients, the reduction would be analyzed and steps would be taken to phase out the other centres in the future.

With the number of cases of COVID patients now down to less than 1,000, Sri Lanka has moved from the Red Zone to the Green Zone and it is the responsibility of the people to protect it, he said, adding that the number of cases of COVID infection can be further reduced by following proper health control measures such as wearing face masks, social distancing and frequently washing hands.

Meanwhile the Epidemiology Unit states that 10 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated with the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine. The second dose of Sinopharm has been administered to 10,069,486 people as of Saturday (16).

The Epidemiology Unit reports that 11,845,098 people took the first dose.

A total of 14,777,220 people in the country have so far taken the first dose and 12,768,759 have taken the second dose.

According to the latest Covid statistics, Sri Lanka has recorded 531,070 cases from March 2020, with 492,305 recoveries. There are only 25,293 active cases. The number of deaths reported is 13,472. More than 5.3 million PCR and Antigen tests have been conducted. 

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