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Maliban warehouse isolated after workers test positive for COVID-19

Maliban Biscuit factory in Ratmalana

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka health authorities had isolated a Maliban biscuits warehouse Ratmalana after some workers tested positive for Coronavirus.

The National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPCOC) said the tests are being conducted.

A statement from Maliban said later the infection was found from Rapid Antigen Tests carried out by the firm and all workers had been tested following the detection.

“On 19th December we were made aware of an employee at one of the warehouses (at Ratmalana) showing some symptoms,” Maliban said in a statement.

“We immediately collaborated with the MOH and other authorities and conducted Rapid Antigen Tests for all employees in the same warehouse.

“We have taken measures to have them hospitalized and their close contacts quarantined, and temporarily shut down operations of that warehouse.”

The factory and other warehouses are operating, under health guidelines, the firm said.

The Maliban Group operates under three segments, Maliban Agri, Maliban Kiri (milk) and Maliban Biscuit employing over 1,250 direct employees and others working through manpower recruitment agencies. (Colombo/Dec22/2020 – An earlier version of the story which carried comments from the anti-Covid authorities saying workers at the factory premises had tested positive. Maliban biscuits has clarified saying it was at one of the warehouses )

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