Sri Lanka monitoring over four-thousand Chinese nationals for COVID-19

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lankan Health officials are tracking and monitoring some 4,443 Chinese nationals in the country for signs of COVID-19, the country’s top official in charge of  Health services said.

Speaking to reporters today in Colombo, the country’s Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said this monitoring process is being done for two weeks after they arrive on the island.

Arrivals from COVID19-hit Iran, Italy and South Korea are being sent directly from the airport to quarantine centres where they are kept for 14 days.

Ministry of Health National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness Hemantha Herath told EconomyNext that the reason for not quarantining Chinese arrivals was what he called a significant drop in confirmed cases in mainland China, while cases in the countries listed for quarantine by the Health Ministry remain “very high”.

Jasinghe said that it is important for the general public to “actively support the process by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19 within the country because if a situation like what has taken place in Italy happens in Sri Lanka it would be difficult to control.”

Further, he said it is not necessary for the general public to panic and wear masks after the report of a local infected by COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

One-hundrednand-sixty-six passengers who arrived at Sri Lanka from a flight from South Korea were sent to quarantine centres where 164 of them were Sri Lankans and 2 South Koreans.

As of yesterday evening a total of 181 individuals including 13 arrivals from Italy and 2 from Oman were sent to quarantine centres.

(Colombo/Mar11/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe