State Minister Arundika Fernando has tested positive for Covid 19. The Minister himself has confirmed this to media outlets.
As the number of MPs testing positive for Covid 19 are on the rise officials however insist there is no ‘parliament cluster’ as being touted by the media.
Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said the detection cannot be defined as a new cluster as yet. Speaking to a local media outlet Herath was quoted as saying that a thorough study must be conducted on the situation and an investigation is already underway to determine the source of transmission.
“If all six Parliamentarians had contracted the virus from one infected individual or anyone linked to that infected person, then it could be defined as a new coronavirus cluster.However it has been found that the Parliamentarians have contracted the virus from different infected persons and cannot be defined as a new cluster in Parliament” he had said.