Sri Lanka’s recovery rate from COVID-19 surpasses 68 percent

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COLOMBO, June 15 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka has reached a COVID-19 patient recovery rate of over 68 percent, passing the global average recovery rate of 51.4 percent, the country’s Health Promotion Bureau, quoted in local media reports said here Monday.

Till Monday afternoon, the total recovered patients in Sri Lanka had risen to 1,342 out of the total 1,895 patients detected to date. A majority of those recovered were navy officers who were infected with the virus, the government information department said.

Eleven deaths from the virus have been reported in the country.

Sri Lanka resumed economic activities late last month after being shut for nearly two months after the first local COVID-19 patient was detected in March.

Authorities however continue to impose a nationwide curfew from 12 midnight to 4 am daily to prevent the unnecessary gathering of people at nights.

Last week, a senior medical official from the Health Ministry told local media that Sri Lanka was not expected to witness a second wave of the COVID-19 as the virus was well contained within quarantine centers only. No public transmission of the virus had been reported since April 30.

A majority of the patients detected in recent weeks were local nationals who were repatriated from overseas, health ministry statistics showed. Enditem

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