Sri Lanka Coronavirus toll rises to 19, UK, Belgium Norway quarantine advanced
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus confirmed patients went up to 19 Sunday, made up of Sri Lankans and once Chinese visitors who had been discharged from hospital and authorities advanced quarantine rules from UK, Belgium and Norway.
“Due to the very rapid spread of the covid-19 virus a very high level decision has been made ” to quarantine passengers earlier than previously informed, Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority said.
“Accordingly steps will be taken to quarantine passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, Belgium and Norway with effect from 0000hrs on 16th March 2020 till 2359hrs on 16th March 2020.”
Sri Lanka has ordered carriers not to board passengers to Sri Lanka from the UK, Belgium and Norway who will land in the island after midnight March 16.
Seven patients confirmed late Sunday were returnees from Italy who were in the Kandakadu quarantine centre, the state information office said.
Earlier on Sunday, another patient, who was linked to a returnee from Germany was also confirmed with Coronavirus.
On Sunday Sri Lanka’s aviation authorities had asked carriers operating out of UK, Belgium and Norway not to board passengers intended for Sri Lanka who will land after March 16 for two weeks.
Among the confirmed a teenager, whose father was a confirmed became the first case of domestic community transmission.
United Kingdom has issued a travel warning to Sri Lanka to stop all but essential travel.
Sri Lanka has declared Monday as a holiday and is asking all persons who had returned from Italy before March 10 to remain in their houses in 14 day self-quarantine. (Colombo/Mar15/2020)