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Sri Lanka’s Ocean Lanka turns to PPE making, backs Coronavirus, elections workers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka-based Ocean Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a top weft-knit weft fabric manufacturer said it is ramping up personal protective equipment material and is donating cash and kind for the island’s battle against Coronavirus.

Ocean Lanka said is factory is fully operational now and is producing protective face mask material used to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said it will expand PPE manufacturing, including “100 percent all-natural, recycled cotton face masks with natural antimicrobial properties.”

Ocean Lanka said it was giving a million rupees in cash and 5,000 yards of face mask and 9,000 yards of single jersey fabric which will be enough to make more than 100,000 face masks and other clothing for military personnel, police and elections commission staff.

Sri Lanka is to hold elections in August.

“COVID-19 has presented Sri Lanka and the world with unprecedented challenges,” Managing Director of Ocean Lanka, Austin Au said in a statement.

Au said with the government engaged containing the pandemic; Ocean Lanka felt the need to respond.

The donation was handed over to retired Major General K B Egodawela, Director General (Administration) of the Presidential Secretariat.

Sri Lanka has contained the spread of Coronavirus with aggressive contact tracing and quarantine, but gaps in testing, based on an initial idea that tests would only be done in a hospital setting, required strict quarantine to contain the spread.

Sri Lanka still has social distancing but the economy is operating with only 10 people dead and no new cases except among Navy personal from a base which was infected at a time when frontline workers were also denied PCR tests. (Colombo/June21/2020)