Colombo, Jan 14 The total number of Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka has surpassed the 50,000-mark, after over 600 new patients tested positive in the last 24 hours, according to the statistics from the country's Health Ministry.
The official figures showed that out of the total 50,229 positive patients, 43,267 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals, bringing down the active patient count to 6,715, Xinhua news agency.
A total of 247 deaths have been reported from the virus in the country.
Sri Lanka is presently facing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with three parliamentar, including one cabinet minister, being infected with the virus in the past days.
According to officials, at least 32 parliamentar are under isolation for coming in contact with the three legislators during parliamentary sessions held last week.
Earlier on Wednesday, health officials conducted PCR tests in the parliament premises where legislators and parliamentary staff members were tested for the Covid-19.
Officials said PCR tests will be conducted on Friday as well in order to reopen Parliament for sessions next week.
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka reported the first case of the new strain of the Covid-19 which is fast spreading in other countries after a British national who recently arrived in the island nation tested positive, the Health Ministry said.
The Ministry urged people not to panic, saying the patient had been under quarantine and had not come in contact with society.
( With inputs from IANS )
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