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Sri Lanka journalists told to self quarantine as colleague tested for Coronavirus

ECONOMYNEXT – A group of Sri Lanka journalists who attended a weekly government media briefing has been asked to self-quarantine after a colleague was tested for Coronavirus.

Sri Lanka’s Government Information Department asked all journalists who attended the weekly cabinet briefing on October 13 to self-quarantine after a cameraman from a state television station was suspected of having Coronavirus.

“Until the test result of the journalist suspected of having the virus come, we have been instructed by health authorities request all journalists who attended the media briefing to remain isolated without being exposed to outside society,” Director of Information Nalaka Kaluwewa said in a letter to media organizations.

“Health authorities will issue further instructions if necessary.”

Sri Lanka is battling a Coronavirus cluster than expanded out of an apparel factory in Minuwangoda in the Gampaha district.

Sri Lanka has restricted public events, closed schools and pubs and is aggressively tracing and quarantining contacts.

The Minwangoda cluster had expanded to 1,788 by October 16 morning according to health ministry data.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 5,244 Coronavirus cases and has recorded 13 deaths, which is one of the lowest in the world. (Colombo/Oct16/2020)