17 October 2020
Director-General of the Department Nalaka Kaluwewa has advised all journalists who attended the press conference, which took place at 9.30 a.m. on 13th October 2020 to self-isolate until the medical reports of the journalists suspected to have contracted the coronavirus are received.
In Kaluwewa’s statement published today, he stated that the “Health sector suspects that a journalist who attended a press conference held at the Department of Government Information”.
According to his statement, further investigations are being undertaken by the health department to ascertain if the journalist had been infected with the COVID-19 virus or not.
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