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Top-level probe to find the source of infection in the Minuwangoda Covid cluster – Pathirana

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has ordered a top-level probe into the outbreak of Covid 19 at an Apparel manufacturing plant that has become the country’s biggest cluster of patients and triggered fears of a second wave of infections, officials said.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Ramesh Pathirana said that the Labour Minister has appointed a committee headed by the Commissioner-General of Labour to investigate the Covid outbreak at the Brandix plan in Minuwangoda and the people involved in order to find the source of the virus.

Pathirana told reporters at the regular Cabinet Briefing that the Labour Minister has appointed this committee in order to address the debate created in the country about the corona crisis in Divulapitiya and Minuwangoda areas.

“We trust that we will be able to find the source,” he said.

Despite investigations and diligent contact tracing the authorities have not been able to reveal who or what was the primary source of the virus which has now infected upwards of a thousand people.

Because of this situation, there are fears that the virus is now spreading in the community.

This is the biggest and most widespread cluster of Covid 19 positive patients since the virus entered Sri Lanka.

Further, Pathirana said that out of the total COVID patients identified up to now, the security forces have identified that the majority of them have had some contact with the Minuwangoda cluster.

He also added that 24,778 PCR tests have been done so far among people who have had contacts with patients in the cluster and 10,281 people who had contacts are quarantined.

Moreover, he said that the people do not need to unnecessary fear as the government is greatly dedicated to controlling the situation by doing about 7000 PCR tests per day while providing medical facilities to the infected in 26 hospitals. (Colombo, October 13, 2020)





Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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