Excise Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe stated that 10 divisions of the Excise Department headquarters have been shut down due to 21 employees contracting Covid-19, adding that 90% of the department is not functioning.
One excise officer has succumbed to Covid-19, the Commissioner added.
Among the divisions closed are the operational unit, investigations unit, accounts, IT, and legal among others.
Several excise branches island wide have also been closed down.
Essential activities are being conducted with staff on a roster basis, stated the Commissioner.