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Brandix clears the air on Minuwangoda Covid-19 cluster

Addressing several rumours circulated on social media Brandix stated yesterday (7) in a statement that no parties from India or any other country had had access to its facility in Minuwangoda and that no fabric from India is used in its operations.

Furthermore, Brandix also stated that it operated three chartered flights from Visakhapatnam, India for its Sri Lankan employees working in India and their families, who returned to Sri Lanka and proceeded to follow the government protocol including PCR testing and 14-day quarantine at a government-regulated quarantine facility.

The following are excerpts of the statement.

Our organisation, Brandix, continues to face the challenge of navigating a Covid-19 crisis at our facility in Minuwangoda. Throughout this process, we will continue to keep you updated and clarify any concerns raised by the public, with the aim of being transparent.

We can confirm that no parties from India or any other country have had access to the facility during this period. We would also like to clarify that our facility in Minuwangoda does not use any fabric from India, nor has it taken in any orders from our facility in India as well.

We operated three chartered flights from Visakhapatnam, India for our Sri Lankan employees working in India and their families, who returned to Sri Lanka. We confirm that they, including their families, followed the Sri Lanka Government protocol for the prevention and control of Covid-19, which includes PCR testing and a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a Government-regulated quarantine facility, as well as the 14-day self-quarantine process done under the supervision of the respective PHIs (public health inspectors). Further to this, it must also be noted that none of these Sri Lankans nor their family members visited the Minuwangoda manufacturing facility.

We have also noted the circulation of a video on social media that alleges that the company has requested employees to come into work, following the identification of the initial Covid-19-positive employee at the facility in Minuwangoda. We have identified that the primary female party is the owner of a hostel, while the two members occupying her hostel and the supervisor being referred to are employed by a third-party cleaning service provider contracted by the Brandix Minuwangoda facility. We confirm that none of these individuals are employees of Brandix.

As an organisation, we rally together to care for the affected employees and their families, whilst endeavouring to minimise the impact on our communities and our nation in a collective effort to emerge from this crisis.