A total of 17 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed today bringing the total number detected in the country to 271 today.

All 17 patients were detected from the Keselwatta area in Colombo, an area which has been under quarantine after a person there was confirmed with coronavirus a few days ago.

Meanwhile five patients who were receiving treatment for coronavirus were discharged from hospital today bringing the  total number of recovered patients to 96.