Jan 25, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak : SL embassy in Beijing on high alert Featured

The ministry of Health says that several hospitals in the country including the IDH hospital has been equipped with facilities necessary to meet with possible threat of the novel coronavirus, which is swiftly spreading in China.

No Sri Lankan has yet been reported to be infected with the virus so far, they say.

The disease displays symptoms of fever, cold, cough and pneumonia and the World Health Organisation have already issued a string of safety measures to reduce the risk of infection.

SL embassy on high alert

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing says they are  closely monitoring the prevailing situation and is presently in discussion with relevant Chinese authorities in Beijing and Wuhan as well as Sri Lankans in Wuhan and other parts of China.

The Embassy says they have been receiving queries from Sri Lankans in Hubei province especially in Wuhan as well as from their relatives in Sri Lanka.

The Embassy has created a WeChat group by which the latest information is being updated and information from Sri Lankans in Wuhan also has been received. The Sri Lanka Embassy is also closely monitoring advisories issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Upon the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Embassy is in discussion with the relevant Chinese authorities and other embassies in Beijing to explore all the possibilities of evacuating Sri Lankans in Wuhan.    

The following Embassy officials can be contacted for any information in this regard:

Mr Alexi Gunasekara, Minister/Commercial  +8613070138025, Brig. Kalpa Sanjeewa, Minister Counsellor/Defence +8613051733302,

Ms. Inoka Weerasinghe, Second Secretary+8615116905523,

Ms. Thilini Gunaratne, Second Secretary+8613121722296.

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