ECONOMYNEXT – A state-run Srilankan Airlines rescue had taken out 33 Sri Lanka citizens from the novel coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan, China, the embassy of the island in Beijing said.
Sri Lanka has said the students will be quarantined at a military base in Diyatalawa for two weeks.
Acting Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing K K Yoganaadan said the Chinese government had supported the clearance for SriLankan Airlines flight to land in Wuhan and return students and family members.
The charter flight had left Wuhan at 4.00 am local time, the embassy said.
Sri Lanka has already extracted 627 students from different areas of China. Another 204 students remain in China.
State-run SriLankan Airlines still flies to several destinations in China.
The students in other areas are given a 50 percent discount on their tickets.
The charter flight to Wuhan is run at government expense.
Sri Lankan medical authorities have identified one Chinese tourist with the novel Coronavirus who had been treated at the infectious disease hospital in Colombo.
Several others are under observation. (Colombo/Feb01/2020)