Nearly 600 employees at the Colombo Port have been infected with COVID-19, reports say.
As of yesterday (06), 593 COVID-19 cases have been officially identified from random PCR tests, according to health sources. These cases have been reported from all sections of the port.
Sources say that no PCR testing had taken place in the Colombo Port since last May and if they were done, a large number of patients could have been identified.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Independent Port Services Trade Union, Lal Bangamuwa has said that the rapid spread was due to a malpractice that had taken place when giving port employees their second COVID-19 jab.
He said that the former chief medical officer had been sent on mandatory leave after a special investigation had been conducted over an incident where the dosage had been increased and had been injected to non-employees.
(Source : Lankadeepa)