Sri Lanka’s Hirdramani group detects Covid-19 in Eheliyagoda factory

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hirdramani group said six employees at a factory in Eheliyagoda have tested positive for Covid-19, other staff were home isolated and contacts are traced.

“As a precautionary measure, we are disinfecting the entire facility and have requested all factory employees, and those in the Group who have recently visited the facility, to self-isolate while we conduct further PCR tests,” the company said in a statement.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to contact trace, arrange additional tests as required and determine the next steps before we resume operations.

“The factory will remain closed during this interim period.”

Sri Lanka’s apparel factories, which are conducting periodic tests among their staff, have helped detect Covid-19 clusters in several locations.

The six staffers had tested positive on November 21.

“They are currently in stable condition and following the required Ministry of Health (MOH) procedures for quarantine and treatment,” the company said.

“Since the beginning of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, our dedicated health and safety teams have been working with the Government and Public Health authorities to maintain stringent screening processes to ensure the safety of all our employees.”

Sri Lanka’s current outbreak was detected by Gampaha hospital from an apparel factory staffer.

However the infection had spread to multiple locations from a fish market visited by thousands of people each day. Large part of northern Colombo are now under lockdown. (Colombo/Nov23/2020)

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