Four more COVID-19 patients were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of cases detected so far to 242, the the Health Ministry said today.

Three of these patients were  under quarantine at the Punani Centre, the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Anil Jasinghe  said.

Seven other patients who were undergoing treatment were discharged today increasing the total number of recovered cases to 77.

The Health Ministry also said that as part of the intensified testing program for COVID -19, a total of 530 PCR tests were carried out today.