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Be watchful in next 7 days – Army Commander

People living outside curfew areas should be watchful when travelling or visiting public places as next 7 days will be crucial in tracing COVID19 cases from society, Army Commander said.

“The focus in coming days would be paid on tracing the movements of the Minuwangoda Apparel Factory workers including places they had visited. We have launched a special operation for this purpose,” Head of the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.

“We also request people to seek immediate medical treatment if found with any Covid-19 symptoms,” he added.

However, the Army Commander said that following the detection of a new COVID-19 cluster in Minuwangoda, random PCR tests will be intensified and will be carried out in a large scale.

The Army Commander further said that the PCR tests will cover not only the other factories linked to the Minuwangoda factory, but also other garment factories and places with a large workforce.

He further said despite a quarantine order being issued earlier, some employees of the infected Minuwangoda factory have failed to report to the allocated locations announced by the Police Department.

As a result military personnel are now engaged in conducting door-to-door visits to find these employees.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said such behaviour by the employees is unfair by the military as it not only risks their lives but those of the public as well.

Therefore, the Army Commander called on the employees who have failed to report to the allocated places to act responsibly and requested them to report to the locations as soon as possible.

The Army Commander further requested any Minuwangoda apparel factory workers or contacts who have not reported to health authorities as of now to contact 011 3456548 for facilities to be provided.

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