Who guards the guardians? Apparently, no one, as far as the coronavirus is concerned.

More than 1,000 workers of a Sri Lanka factory, which until August, manufactured some 200 million three-ply surgical face masks for the US, have tested positive for COVID-19 - causing the country's biggest outbreak.

According to a Channel News Asia report, the first positive case at the Brandix garment factory in Colombo, was just reported early this week, and within a few days, it infected 1,026 out of the 1,700 workers at the factory.

The flurry of infections brought Sri Lanka's cases close to 4,500.

The infected workers are being treated at hospitals while the remaining, non-infected ones, as well as all the workers' families are being moved to government quarantine facilities, where they will be tested for the virus.

Brandix, which is internationally hailed for its sustainable practices, said efforts to contain the caes at the factory were hampered by a high number of asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Authorities have placed the region where the factory is located, as well as the communities nearby, on indefinite lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease.

All public gatherings have been banned, and schools have been closed ahead of a term break. Sports tournaments have also been called off and the country's army postponed its 71st-anniversary celebrations scheduled for this Saturday.

Until recently, the Sri Lankan government had said that there was no community spread in the country of 21 million people.

As of today, Sri Lanka has reported 4,488 COVID-19 cases, and 13 deaths.


Source: Channel News Asia
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