PHI Union claims parties held at hotels-turned-quarantine centres triggered second wave

ECONOMYNEXT – Two hotels that were converted to quarantine centres for Ukranian and SriLankan aircrews had illegally allowed parties and gatherings for locals in the hotel premises during the quarantine period, Public Health Inspectors’ (PHI) Union President Upul Rohana claimed today.

The PHI Union is in possession of “enough evidence” to prove that parties held at the hotel where the Ukranian crewmembers were quarantined had triggered Sri Lanka’s second wave of COVID-19, Rohana told the privately owned Derana television network today.

He claimed that though guidelines were issued to these hotels regarding the quarantine procedure for foreign and local aircrew, they had secretly allowed locals to organise parties within the hotels’ premises, hoodwinking the authorities.

The union head requested the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and other authorities to investigate the matter.

It was reported last month that the Intelligence Service had uncovered the source of the Minuwangoda cluster as a Ukrainian flight crewmember who had arrived from Turkey on September 11.

Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva told reporters late last month that the hotel management had failed to follow the health guidelines at the time the Ukrainian national was quarantined at the hotel.

It was reported that some hotel employees had gone home and later reported for work. The army chief said there is strong suspicion this could be the main source behind the Minuwangoda cluster, as no cases were detected in the country during the few months prior to this arrival. (Colombo/Nov09/2020)

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