Sri Lanka Health Ministry requests returnees to country to self-isolate for 14 days to prevent COVID-19 spread

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in the country has issued a set of guidelines for Sri Lankan nationals returning to the country from overseas.

The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has requested for returnees to the country to self-isolate themselves in their homes for a period of 14 days. They have also been advised not to undertake any foreign travel immediately after returning to the country.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe addressing media at the Health Ministry today said the people arriving from Italy, South Korea and Iran will be sent to the quarantine centers in Batticaloa and Kandakadu from tomorrow.

The process will begin with the passengers on board a flight that will arrive from South Korea in the morning. The group will be transported by disinfected buses and kept in quarantine for a 14-day period. Their other health requirements will be met by the hospitals in Batticaloa and Kandakadu.

Dr. Jasinghe also said pilgrimage tours to India have been suspended after 19 coronavirus patients were found in that country.

The Ministry of Health has also instructed the public to minimize the number of foreign trips as much as possible.

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