Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

AU­THOR­I­TIES IN­SIST BRANDIX RETURNEES DIDN’T BREAK 14-DAY QUAR­AN­TINE

Mattala Air­port sources said that all pas­sen­gers who had ar­rived on these three flights were Sri Lankan na­tion­als and their PCR tests were con­ducted by a pri­vate hos­pi­tal

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• AL­LE­GA­TIONS ARE FALSE. ONE HAS TO BE FAIR BY A COM­PANY WITH OVER 40,000 EM­PLOY­EES

• RETURNEES WOULD NOT CAUSE SUCH A CLUS­TER WITHIN A DAY OF THEIR RE­LEASE

• PCR TESTS HAD BEEN CAR­RIED OUT ON THEM UPON LAND­ING AT MATTALA

Au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day in­sisted that em­ploy­ees of Brandix who re­turned from In­dia in three char­ter flights in re­cent months had fol­lowed the re­quired 14-day quar­an­tine process un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the armed forces and PCR tests had been car­ried out on them upon land­ing at the Mattala Air­port as well as af­ter the con­clu­sion of their two-week quar­an­tine pe­riod.

From Sept. 22 to Oct 6, these em­ploy­ees were un­der quar­an­tine at Sher­a­ton Kos­goda. The quar­an­tine pro­ce­dure was 100% fol­lowed

Army Chief, Lt. Gen­eral Shaven­dra Silva told the Daily Mir­ror that al­le­ga­tions stat­ing that these em­ploy­ees had bro­ken the quar­an­tine pe­riod were not true and the last set of pas­sen­gers who ar­rived on Septem­ber

22 on a char­ter flight from Visakha­p­at­nam, com­pleted their quar­an­tine process on Oc­to­ber 6. While more Brandix em­ploy­ees are yet to present them­selves at the al­lo­cated quar­an­tine cen­ters, de­spite two dead­lines is­sued. Silva said he was hope­ful that they would sur­ren­der soon and in­sisted that these returnees would not cause such a clus­ter within a day of their re­lease.

“From Sept. 22 to Oct 6, these em­ploy­ees were un­der quar­an­tine at Sher­a­ton Kos­goda. The quar­an­tine pro­ce­dure was 100% fol­lowed.these al­le­ga­tions are false. We have to be fair by a com­pany which has over 40,000 em­ploy­ees,” Silva said.

Sources at the Mattala Air­port told the Daily Mir­ror that Brandix had char­tered its first flight on June 26 from Vishaka­p­at­nam car­ry­ing 168 pas­sen­gers, while the sec­ond char­ter flight ar­rived from the same des­ti­na­tion on Au­gust 8 with 125 pas­sen­gers. The third flight ar­rived on Septem­ber 22 which had brought 48 pas­sen­gers. Upon the ar­rival of the first light in June, pas­sen­gers were di­vided into three groups and were trans­ported to the Blue Wa­ter Ho­tel in Wad­duwa, the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel in Kos­goda and the Ayurveda Ho­tel in Ra­ja­giriya. The sec­ond set of pas­sen­gers who ar­rived in Au­gust were trans­ported to the Kos­goda Gar­den Re­sort, while the third group of pas­sen­gers were trans­ported to the Sher­a­ton in Kos­goda.

Mattala Air­port sources said that all pas­sen­gers who had ar­rived on these three flights were Sri Lankan na­tion­als and their PCR tests were con­ducted by a pri­vate hos­pi­tal. Brandix has in­sisted that all health pro­to­cols were fol­lowed by their em­ploy­ees who re­turned from In­dia.

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