Colombo Municipality cancels meetings, closes offices after staffer tests Covid positive
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo, is facing a Covid 19 threat, its Mayor Rosie Senanayake warned city councillors yesterday asking them not to come to the City Hall today and discourage constituents to come to the Municipality offices.
In a recorded message sent to councillors, Senanayake said: “all Members who attended the Finance Committee sessions on Wednesday must self-quarantine and take the PCR test which we have arranged for you.”
“Please take these precautions for the next two weeks,” she asked the councillors.
This is after a senior staffer tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid 19 (NOCPOC) said.
It added that her husband is reportedly an employee in the Colombo National Hospital and they are residents of Kaduwela.
Mayor Senanayake said the woman, described as a senior administrator, had been present in the Finance Committee meeting.
Media quoted the Chief Medical Officer of the Municipality Dr Ruwan Wijayamuni as saying that all members of the team she was working with will take the PCR test today.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner Roshanie Dissanayake has directed that except for the Child and Maternity Clinics all other services at the Municipal Building would be closed, Wijayamuni said.
The Commissioner, who was also at the Finance Committee, is also expected to self-quarantine and take a PCR test.
(Colombo October 16, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana