Highest COVID-19 death toll recorded
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sri Lanka recorded 101 deaths on Thursday (10), the highest so far, the National Operation Centre for Preventing COVID-19 (NOCPCO) said. Quoting Director General Health Services (DGHS), Dr. Asela Gunawardana, the Centre said this had brought the COVID-19 death toll to 2,011.
Deputy Director General (Disaster Management and Preparedness), Dr. Hemantha Herath said that although PCR tests of COVID victims could be issued almost immediately, some could be delayed. Therefore, when reporting COVID deaths, there are those who died on that particular day while others were those who had died earlier.
Meanwhile, the NOCPCO issuing the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded on 10 June said that Colombo reported 339 with the highest number of cases from Avissawella (87), Wellawatta (38), Mattakkuliya (30), Borella (26) and Maradana (26).
Gampaha District recorded 575 cases with the highest number being reported from Nittambuwa (171), Gampaha (42), Kadawatha (42), Minuwangoda (33), Negombo (33), Veyangoda (32), Biyagama (28) and Ja-ela (26), However, the total number of cases from the Kalutara District in the Western Province had not been issued. When contacted, NOCPCO said that it did not receive data from the District.
The Deputy Director General (Disaster Management and Preparedness said that the matter had to be inquired from the Epidemiology Unit or obtained from its website.
However the website reported the total number of COVID cases identified following the New Year as 16,024. The Chief of the Epidemiology Unit was not available for Comment. Health sources in Kalutara said that several cases had been diagnosed from Kalutara on Thursday (10) although there is a minute decline in the number of daily cases reported, they added.