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31 MPs undergo self-quarantine

Minister of Water Supply Vasudeva Nanayakkara tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after PCR tests were conducted on a number of MPs.

The Speaker’s Office said Minister Nanayakkara was among direct contacts of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MP Rauff Hakeem, who recently tested positive.

State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and on Sunday MP Rauff Hakeem confirmed that he had been infected.

Altogether, around 31 Parliamentarians have been identified as contacts of MP Rauff Hakeem and the Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary for Political Affairs Kumarasiri Hettige, both of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

Sergeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said that CCTV footage of MP Hakeem and Kumarasiri Hettige during their stay at the Parliament had led to the identification of the contacts. He said that 31 Members of Parliament and several staff members of the Leader of the House and the Parliament have been identified as close associates of the two.

They have all been informed regarding this issue and it is reported that they have resorted to self-quarantine with the intervention of the health sector.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena stated that the Parliament has been disinfected and the proceedings of the Parliament will continue without any hindrance.

Meanwhile, issuing a statement yesterday, Sergeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando stated that MP Gayantha Karunatilake, who had been identified as a close associate of MP Rauff Hakeem, when he came to Parliament on January 5, 2021, had volunteered to be subjected to a PCR test along with his family and it has been confirmed that the MP and his family have not contracted the virus.

Issuing a statement yesterday, Sergeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said that ten persons had been identified as those who had come in direct contact with Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had tested positive for COVID.

He said that measures had been taken to notify all of them and the relevant units regarding their exposure to the virus, adding that Minister Nanayakkara had attended Parliament sittings on all four days last week.

Sergeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando further added that arrangements had been made to conduct PCR tests at the Parliament premises on the 13th and 15th from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, adding that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had notified that MPs could also have their PCR tests done on these days.