Sri Lanka central banker Coronavirus positive; operations to continue

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s central bank said it had taken action to maintain uninterrupted operations after a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus, who is now under treatment.

After one employee tested positive on November 19, contacts were traced and tested but there were no positive cases.

It usually takes over 5 days for a contact to develop the disease.

“All other employees tested were found to be negative for the virus,” the central bank said.

“As a precautionary measure, senior management of the Bank, who functioned physically from the Bank premises thus far, also decided to work from home for a period of two weeks commencing 20 November 2020.”

“In this context, the Central Bank wishes to inform the financial markets and the general public that its essential operations will continue as usual.”

Sri Lanka has seen a rapid spread of Coronavirus in the Western Province after the discovery of a case on October 03 in Gampaha which was not followed by border controls.

Sri Lanka dropped institutional quarantine as case number grew, but is still treating all confirmed cases in hospital or secondary centres.

Another cluster which had developed at a fish-market was also not found till around October 20, with authorities insisting that all persons found including those turning up in hospial were part of the first cluster.

Authorities insist that there is no community transmission in Colombo, though random tests are finding positive cases and people are found dead at home in areas near the fish-market and some other areas. Some of the areas are under lockdown.

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The full statement is reproduced below

Uninterrupted Operations of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to Continue

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka wishes to inform the public that one of its employees was tested positive for COVID-19 on 19 November 2020. The employee is now under medical care.

Acting swiftly following this incident, the Central Bank implemented all necessary measures to prevent contagion, including rigorous sanitisation and disinfection of its Head Office premises, tracing close contacts and arranging PCR testing for possible contacts.

All other employees tested were found to be negative for the virus.

As a precautionary measure, senior management of the Bank, who functioned physically from the Bank premises thus far, also decided to work from home for a period of two weeks commencing 20 November 2020.

The Central Bank follows stringent infection prevention guidelines to protect its staff and the visiting public, as the Bank considers ensuring their safety as a top priority.

The well tested Business Continuity Plan (BCP) of the Central Bank, early formation of an Emergency Action Task Force to provide guidance in case of an emergency situation, proactive measures taken by the Bank in consultation with health authorities, continuous and close screening of all employees through regular online surveys, roster based working arrangement of in-person employees and effective work from home arrangements that have been put in place will help the Bank to continue to function without disruption even after this incident.

In this context, the Central Bank wishes to inform the financial markets and the general public that its essential operations will continue as usual.

The general public can continue to reach the Central Bank electronically via [email protected] / [email protected] or via telephone 011-2477966 and the other numbers already announced.

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