Three factories in Katunayake FTZ temporarily closed over COVID fears

Three factories in Katunayake FTZ temporarily closed over COVID fears

An employee of the “Next” apparel factory in Katunayake has tested positive for COVID-19.

The PHI officer in charge of Katunayake said the patient is a 38-year-old mother of two from Seeduwa.

The woman has been admitted to the hospital, while investigations are underway to uncover her source of transmission.

The PHI officer said measures are being taken to conduct PCR tests on the other employees of the factory and their associates.

Meanwhile, three factories in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) have been temporarily closed over suspicion of a possible coronavirus threat.

All employees of the three factories have been advised to remain in their hostels.

Correspondents of the three factories have stated that the administration has taken the decision on suspicion of COVID-19 patients being among the employees.

According to Standup Movement Lanka Executive Director Ashila Dandeniya said despite being ordered to remain at their lodging, the employees have not been subject to health inspections as yet.

She said a group of employees residing in the same hostels as the employees of the three closed factories in the Katunayake FTZ had reported to work today.

Meanwhile, Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union in Sri Lanka Anton Marcus said the owners of the three factories must take responsibility of the wellbeing of their employees.