Nov 15, 2020

20 pvt. bus staffers in WP diagnosed with Covid-19 Featured

The health sector has identified that 20 bus drivers, conductors and timekeepers working in private buses operating in the Western Province are diagnosed with Covid-19, says the Chairman of Western Province-Road Passenger Service Authority, O.W. Prasanna Sanjeewa.
 
He says that they were identified after more than 500 private bus drivers, conductors and timekeepers working in private buses in the Western Province were subjected to PCR testing.

Private bus drivers, conductors and timekeepers employed in the Western Province were subjected to random PCR testing after the Covid-19 threat emerged, he added.

He also said that facilities will be provided for the employees who volunteer to undergo PCR testing.

At present, PCR testing has been carried out at the Pettah bus stand, Matugama bus stand, Horana bus stand, Homagama, Kottawa, Panadura, Kalutara, Gampaha, Maharagama and Nugegoda bus stands, he said.

There are 5,700 registered buses in the Western Province and about 4900 of them operate daily and accordingly about 10,000 employees work in private buses daily, he added.

The Chairman said that the co-operation of the passengers was essential to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and urged the passengers to travel in buses while following health guidelines.

(Source - Divaina)

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