ECONOMYNEXT- State Minister Piyal Nishantha has become the fourth Parliamentarian to test positive for Covid 19 following a Rapid Antigen Test conducted on him.
In a post on his official Facebook account, the state minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services, has asked everyone who had come in contact with him last few days to inform the health authorities and support them in order to find his contacts.
Accordingly, ten of his staff members who were identified to have close contacts with the state minister are placed in quarantine.
Nishantha accompanied President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the opening of the Ferentino Tire factory in Horana on Thursday.
It is not known whether he was Covid positive at the time.
Nishantha was also among the MPs who consumed the concoction pushed by the Shaman of the Kali Amman Kovil in Hettimulla Dhammika Bandara in the Kegalle district when the potion was presented to the Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene in late December.
Bandara was interviewed by Derana last month where he was allowed to make the claim that anyone who consumes his potion three times would be protected from the Covid virus for life.
Nishantha is the fourth member of the Parliament to test positive for COVID-19 so far after Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Rauff Hakeem and Dayasiri Jayasekara(Colombo/Jan18/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe