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Bishop of Mannar directed to self-quarantine

ECONOMYNEXT – The Bishop of Mannar was directed to self-quarantine today (09) upon discovering that a confirmed COVID-19 carrier from Halawatha had visited the Mannar Bhiop’s House.

The patient, a male construction worker, had travelled from Halawatha to Mannar for some repair work at the Bisho[‘s House.

The COVID-19 taskforce said in a statement this afternoon that all residents of the Bishop’s House will be directed to self-quarantine under the supervision of the health authorities.

Another 36-year-old person who was tested positive for the novel coronavirus was discovered in Chilaw.

The task force said the person had travelled to Colombo on September 23 to attend the Colombo international book fair at BMICH and had also travelled to Nuwara Eliya on September 30.

The patient had taken medical treatment from a private medical centre prior to being discovered by health authorities.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old free trade zone apparel factory worker from Rajapaksha Gama, Seeduwa also tested positive for the virus today.

She was working at ‘Next manufactures’, an export firm that will be closed for the weekend and sanitised after the event.

About 20 associates of the person have been isolated.

Chamila Thushari, program co-ordinator for DaBindu, an apparel workers’ collective said the firm had about 2,000 workers.

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Sri Lanka’s Board of Investment had asked all export firms to test about 5 percent of their workforce.

Up to October 09, over 1,053 persons of the Minuwangoda cluster had been found with 19 confirmed over the last 24 hours. (Colombo/ Oct09/2020)

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