Corona Enters Colombo Dockyard

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2020
News Corona Enters Colombo Dockyard

Five employees of the Colombo Dockyard tested positive for COVID-19. Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) Chairman, General (rtd) Daya Ratnayake said the Colombo Dockyard is an independent company, situated within the Colombo Port premises that is engaged in ship building and the operations of the Port will not be affected by the present situation, since steps were taken, at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, to limit employees of the relevant institutions from encountering each other.

Adding that around 1,500-2,000 employees are working at the Colombo Dockyard, he stated that steps were taken at the initial stages to limit their meetings with Port employees at public places within the premises.

He added that COVID-19 infected persons were identified from the Colombo Dockyard due to PCR tests that are being conducted frequently. He also said that during the past two to three weeks, 400 PCR tests had been conducted.

The SLPA Chairman emphasised that strict safety measures have been put in place to keep the Colombo Port premises safe, and that necessary steps have been taken to ensure the well-being of all employees while conducting frequent PCR tests on the employees who come into contact with foreign ships.

Around 30 per cent of employees of the Port and other affiliated institutions, reside in the Gampaha District, where travelling has been restricted and their attendance to work has been suspended as a precautionary measure, he said.

Depending on the service requirements, they will be asked to report to work in the future, after conducting PCR tests and in accordance with quarantine regulations, he added.

Further, he added that it has been possible to maintain a safe environment within the Port premises, since maximum measures have been taken to ensure the health safety of the premises which is operating 24 hours on all seven days of the week. 

He also said that steps have been taken to ensure the safety of the employees assigned to work with foreign ships.

Meanwhile, three areas in the Matugama Divisional Secretariat were isolated yesterday, to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area. These three areas are, Owitigala, Badugama and Badugama Nawa Janapadaya. Entering, leaving, or travelling in or through these areas were prohibited until further notice.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2020

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