Dec 31, 2020

Speaker's office closed : Speaker in self-isolation

It has been decided to close the office of the Speaker after a sub inspector and the police driver of the Speaker's backup squad were tested positive for Covid-19.

The post office at parliament too, has been closed after the infected SI had gone there to buy stamps.

According to CCTV footage, several officials of the Opposition Leader's office too, had travelled with him in the Parliament elevator.

Therefore, PCR tests are to be done today (31) on 25 parliament staff in several sessions, Sergeant-at-Arms, Narendra Fernando has told media.

The results will determine whether several other units of parliament would be closed or not, reports add.

Meanwhile, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena too, is in self isolation at his residence in Dehiwala while several security persons of his security squad, who have been identified as close contacts of the infected policemen, have been quarantined as well.

Since the Speaker is in quarantine, the party leaders' meeting yesterday was chaired by Deputy Chairperson of Committees - Angajan Ramanathan.

(Source : Aruna)