Jeddah Consulate to remain closed till Sept.25 | Daily News

Jeddah Consulate to remain closed till Sept.25

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Consulate in Jeddah has been temporarily shut down due to the Covid-19 attack on one of its staff members. It will be re-opened on September 26.

Acting Consul General of the Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah,T.F.M.Aashiq told the Daily News that the mission was forced to close down for a short period since a staff member was found positive for the Covid virus.

The victim a translator of the mission for more than two decades has come now come out of the hospital and he is self-quarantined at home till he reports full recovery.

Following the detection of the Covid patient at the mission, the Saudi health ministry has instructed the consulate to close for 14 days and now it is set to be re-opened on September 26.

After a fortnight, the other members of the mission will undergo PCR tests to clear themselves from the virus, the diplomat said.

Another long-standing staffer,who had left the Kingdom last week on final exit, was also reported sick due to the virus attack during his quarantine period in Sri Lanka.

Health authorities in the Kingdom have advised the mission to enforce self-quarantine in their respective homes for 14 days to ensure that the rest of the members of the staff are free of the virus.

The mission has notified the members of the expatriate community that the mission will be re-opened on Sept.26.