Fifteen MPs test negative for COVID-19

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

All fifteen Parliamentarians who were subjected to PCR tests for COVID-19 have tested negative, the Parliament announced.

An official from the Parliament Communications Department told Colombo Gazette the Parliamentarians underwent PCR tests after three MPs had recently tested positive.

They were among 463 Parliament staff who were subjected to PCR tests at the Parliamentary Complex on Wednesday (13).

The Parliament official said among the MPs who were subjected to PCR tests were Speaker Anura Yapa Abeywardena, Minister Gamini Lokuge, and State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera.

The remaining Parliamentarians were Thushara Indunil, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Suresh Vadivel, Tissa Attanayake, Patali Champika Ranawaka, J.C. Alawathuwala, Gunathilaka Rajapaksha, Dilip Wedaarachchi, Sarath Fonseka, Chandima Weerakkody, and Jayantha Ketagoda.

The MPs were identified as direct contacts of MPs Rauff Hakeem and Vasudeva Nanayakkara who had recently tested positive, after MP Dayasiri Jayasekara.

Meanwhile, PCR tests were conducted on another 16 Parliamentarians today.

Nearly 423 Parliamentary staff were also subjected to PCR tests at the Parliamentary complex. (Colombo Gazette)

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