Jan 24, 2020

Measures taken to prevent Coronavirus from entering SL - Pavithra

Minister of Health - Pavithra Wanniarachchi today (24) assured that precautions have been taken to detect Chinese tourists possibly infected with the coronavirus which is swiftly spreading in China.

The minister was responding to a statement made by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa in Parliament where he urged the Government to ensure all steps are taken to prevent the virus from entering Sri Lanka.

Minister Wanniarachchi further told Parliament that all tourists arriving in Sri Lanka have been advised to report to the health desk at the airport if they have a fever and scanners have been placed at the airport to detect anyone with a high body temperature.

She also said that although a Chinese girl who had reported to the airport health desk with a fever was taken to hospital, she was later found to be suffering from a normal fever and stomach bug and was subsequently discharged.

The Health Minister further noted that Sri Lanka is in touch with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the steps that need to be taken to prevent the virus from entering Sri Lanka.

Hundreds of Chinese nationals employed in Sri Lanka have returned to China for the traditional new year holidays and most are expected to return to the country next month.

Meanwhile, SriLankan Airlines has also implemented a series of precautionary measures to mitigate the risks from the current coronavirus breakout.

SriLankan’s cabin crew and other relevant staff have also been briefed on actions to be taken on board and at airports, especially those in the Far East.