COLOMBO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka topped the 23,000 mark on Monday after over 400 new cases were detected on Sunday night, official figures from the Health Ministry showed here.
Till Monday morning, the total number of infected patients reported was 23,484, out of which 17,002 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
According to the Health Ministry, the death toll reached 116 after seven deaths were reported on Sunday.
Authorities on Monday lifted a lockdown from the main trading area of Pettah in Colombo and its outskirts due to a decline in new patients being reported from the area, but some other parts of the capital continued to be shut to prevent a further spread.
Colombo Mayor, Rosy Senanayake, quoted in local media reports said that the Western Province which includes Colombo had turned into a hotbed for the virus while health officials urged people to remain indoors as much as possible and follow all health protocols.
Sri Lanka has made it a law to wear face masks and maintain social distance and anyone defying these rules will be fined and jailed.
The island country reported a second wave of the pandemic last month after a cluster broke out in Minuwangoda, in the outskirts of Colombo, and then from a fish market in Peliyagoda in Colombo which later caused a spread in Colombo.
Residents from outside Colombo have been advised to enter Colombo only if necessary, health officials said.
Schools in the Western Province continue to be shut since last month.