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Sri Lanka plans rescue flight to evacuate citizens trapped in China

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning a rescue flight to evacuate around 150 students and others stuck in China due to travel restrictions imposed to contain a new deadly virus, within the next two days, the President’s office said.

Sri Lanka’s mission Beijing is collecting information on citizens in China. Another 30 students were found to be living in China.

State-run SriLankan Airlines will operate a special flight to evacuate over Chengdu in Sichuan province within the next 48 hours.

The President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing and SriLankan Airlines are co-ordinating the exercise.

“Once the traveling restrictions imposed on Wuhan city is lifted, all Sri Lankan students there will immediately be brought back,” the President’s office said.

“Their cost of air travel will be borne by the government.”

Those arriving from China will be quarantined at the airport and those found with fever would be isolated in the IDH hospital, Sudath Samaraweera the head of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health had said.

Their blood and urine samples will be tested at the Medical Research Institute for further clarification.

The Wuhan virus is a variant of a flue virus and has been labelled the novel coronavirus 2019 (nCov-2019).

The Centres for Disease Control in the US had said patients may show symptoms between 2 to 14 days after infection.

The CDC had also developed a new test and the assay protocol which is posted online to guide laboratories.

About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – CDC

(Colombo/Jan25/2020)

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