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Sri Lanka civil defence force to help run Covid-19 hit Manning market

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s civil defence force cadres will help run a Coronavirus hit wholesale vegetable market in the capital Colombo after a number of ‘natamis’ or labourers who load trucks were confirmed with Covid-19, a senior police official has said.

The Manning market is a key trade centre where vegetables from many areas come and are re-sold to buyers who taken them to various areas on the Western province and elsewhere.

PCR tests have been done on traders, their staff, natamis and other workers in the market and about 20 have been confirmed, reports said.

“At a meeting it was discussed about deploying about 100 members of the civil defence force to replace the natamis for about 10 days,” DIG Rohana told Sri Lanka’s privately-run Derana television.

“It was decided that the members of the Civil Defence Force will help run the market until the health processes are complete and natamis come back to work.”

Any Manning market staffer who had not got a PCR test should call the Senior Superintend of Police Nishantha Chandrasekera on 071-859-1551 to get a test, he said.

The market is expected to re-open next Monday or Tuesday in a location in Peliyagdoa, with staff who have negative test results, DIG Rohana said.

People in isolated areas who need an ambulance to go to hospital for Covid-19 or any other illness could call 011-34-22-558, he said.

Sri Lanka confirmed 430 Coronavirus patients on November 10, and total deaths went up to 41. (Colombo/Nov11/2020)

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