Sri Lanka Coronavirus battle joined by military intelligence, police to track down risky returnees

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s military intelligence and police are tracking travelers from Italy and countries identified as high risk for Coronavirus who entered the island in early March before quarantine began, officials said.

Sri Lanka had asked thousands of returnees from China and other countries to self-quarantine and there were others may not be following the rules and others who authorities now want to quarantine.

“We are asking those people to stay at home,” Director General of Sri Lanka’s health service Anil Jasinghe said during a live joint television broadcast on COVID19 Coronavirus.

“We are compiling lists of the people who entered the country before quarantine began.”

He said they would also be quarantining.

Sri Lanka has at least one confirmed case of a person who was out of quarantine.

Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva said intelligence officers were assisting police in tracking down persons.

The military is also running quarantine centers.

Silva said 1719 person had been taken to the centers, and 5 were admitted to hospital on unrelated illnesses while four were identified as possible Coronavirus patients.

He said the military had built billets and were giving them sanitation facilities and food.

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They included a person who had fever and had driven to another location with a friend and the driver. (Colombo/Mar15/2020-sb)

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