ECONOMYNEXT – A family member of a Sri Lanka foreign ministry official had been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID19) and leading to several colleagues being asked to self-quarantine, a spokesman said.
“..Those staff who have come in direct contact with the officer concerned, during one working day earlier this week in Colombo, and others in a European capital where the person was working 2 weeks ago, have been advised to ‘self-quarantine’,” a statement from the foreign ministry spokesman said.
“Further action has been taken to disinfect the relevant areas of the Ministry.
“The Ministry will continue to monitor and assess the situation for future course of action to ensure the safety of its staff and its visitors.”
Earlier in the day, the foreign ministry said consular services had been cut down in 11 missions in Europe, Italy, and Korea.
Those needing emergency assistance should make a prior appointment.
Sri Lanka said on Saturday the eighth Sri Lankan Coronavirus patient had been found, taking the total so far to 09 along with the first patient who was a Chinese national. (Colombo/Mar14/2020-sb)