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Six Brandix head office staffers test positive for COVID-19

ECONOMYNEXT – Six staff members at the Brandix head office in Colombo 03 tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday (12), the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

The numbers had been already factored into this morning’s COVID-19 patient count, NOCPOC said.

Sri Lanka reported 92 new COVID-19 patients over a 24-hour period that ended at 6 am today (13). Out of the 92, two were foreign returnees from Turkey and the rest of the 90 were close contacts of the Minuwangoda Brandix cluster plus the six patients from it’s head office. So far, there are 1,514 active cases in the country.

Meanwhile, NOCPOC spokesman Col Vijitha Hettiarchchi said six retail shops in Borella, Colombo 08, have been closed after it was discovered that a COVID-19 patient found at the Lady Ridgeway children’s hospital had visited the shops.

Hettiarachchi further said the Bank of Ceylon Moratuwa branch was closed for sanitation after a COVID-19 patient was found who was a close contact of the Brandix cluster.

Hettiarachchi said no positive cases have been found so far today. However more than 1,800 PCR tests results have yet to come.

“These results take about three days to come due to the number of PCR tests that are being conducted at the moment,” Hettiarachchi said.

“We’ll be having a meeting today to discuss how to accelerate the process in order to get these results quickly, because by the time we get them there can be new cases to identify,” he added. (Colombo/Oct13/2020)

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