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Sri Lanka Cricket Physical Performance Manager Grant Luden, female employee tested Covid19 positive

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Physical Performance Manager Grant Luden has been tested Covid 19 positive, Cricket Age reliably learns. The Sri Lanka ODI team players who trained with him have been informed to self-quarantine.

In addition, a female employee at SLC headquarter has also tested positive. SLC Medical team is in touch with the said female employee ensuring her safety and well-being. The said female employee has reportedly visited the Pallekele Stadium where the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was held from last Wednesday (21). Close contacts of the female employee have been instructed to do PCR Tests and further refrain from reporting to work until they are cleared.

Moreover, Cricket Boar’d incompetent CEO Ashley de Silva has been accused of forcing the female employee to continue with her duty, even as she was sick.

“It’s CEO Ashley de Silva’s fault. He forced female employee to come to the work, even though she was sick for sometime now” an Insider at SLC told Cricket Age.

Preparing for a possible third wave of the coronavirus following a recent spike in cases, Sri Lanka on Monday said all schools in the Western Province, where capital Colombo is located, and the North Western Province will be closed.

Over the last few days, Sri Lanka recorded about 800 cases or more a day, taking the total number of cases reported in the island to over one lakh, and the number of fatalities to 644, as of Monday. Over 6,000 cases are currently active. The National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak reported 892 positive cases on Monday.

Several public health commentators attributed the recent surge in cases to gatherings around the Sinhala and Tamil New Year that was celebrated on April 14. With a near 22 million-strong population, Sri Lanka made news last year for effectively containing the pandemic’s spread, with a stringent lockdown. However, subsequent clusters emerged, posing a huge challenge for the government, which is also faced with a severe economic blow since the pandemic.

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