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Confusion over Rs 7,500 fee at quarantine centres

ECONOMYNEXT – A report that new arrivals to the country including Sri Lankan nationals that are quarantined in Batticaloa and Kandakadu would be charged a fee for meals was refuted by Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva.

No fees will be charged at the quarantine centres from passengers arriving from countries affected by the novel coronavirus, he said in a statement.

The swift denial came in the wake of a document that went viral on social media this morning purportedly informing those to be quarantined at the Batticaloa Campus and the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre that they would be charged Rs 7,500 for the provision of meals for the duration of their stay (14 days).

The report was first shared by journalist Chatura Alwis on his official Facebook page at 8.30am today.

Denying the report, Army chief Silva said “President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the tri-services which are facilitating the quarantine process in the East with Health Ministry and Ministry of Defence officials would not levy any fee on passengers to be sent directly to quarantine centres.”

Alwis, who is employed by Ada Derana news, defended his story earlier this afternoon.

A video of Sri Lankan passengers, seemingly angered by the news, is also going viral on Facebook.

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(Colombo/Mar10/2020)

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