Sri Lanka, March 12 -- The Management of Aitken Spence PLC today denied reports that the chauffeur guide tested positive for COVID-19 was an employee of Aitken Spence and that the company building has been on lockdown.

In a statement, Aitken Spence said the chauffeur guide was not an employee of Aitken Spence.

"He is a freelance Italian speaking chauffeur guide. Aitken Spence is not on a lockdown and business is continuing as usual.

All our employees have been educated on the required precautions to be taken and all relevant precautionary control measures were already in place at Aitken Spence Towers. We will work proactively with the Ministry of Health, the Epidemiology Unit and other relevant authorities to follow standard procedures....