The number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country rose to 248 with four new cases detected in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

Three of the newly confirmed patients are from the Oluvil quarantine center and the other a  person who was in self isolation at his residence in Rambukkana.

The total number of recovered patients so far stand at 77 while  103 persons remain hospitalized but not yet confirmed as infected with the coronavirus.