Brandix Covid cluster reaches 707 covid-19 patients, cases rise to 4,118

Sri Lanka today recorded the highest single day rise in coronavirus cases and crossed 4,000 infections. total number of Covid positive cases from the Brandix cluster reached 707.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said 139 workers attached to the apparel factory in Minuwangoda tested positive for COVID-19 this evening increasing total cases to 4,118.

607 factory workers tested positive for the virus today the country’s highest single day rise in cases.

The results of 246 persons returned positive this afternoon while earlier in the morning 220 employees of the apparel factory tested positive.

101 workers were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus yesterday.
A supervisor of the apparel factory was identified to have contracted the virus on Saturday night, following which her 16-year-old daughter also tested positive.

Some of the positive cases have been detected outside of the Gampaha areas as workers who had traveled home for the long weekend were tested positive in places such as Moneragala, Kurunegala, Jaffna etc.

The Brandix facility has around 1,200 staff with residential facilities. medical personnel had carried out around 2,000 PCR tests in the past 48 hours.

Meanwhile the number of coronavirus recoveries has risen to 3,266.
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said seven persons were discharged after recovering during the past 24-hours.

140 persons suspected to have contracted the coronavirus are under observation.

The Ministry of Health said 839 individuals are currently being treated for COVID-19 in the country.

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