Vaccinated returnees may no longer have to go into quarantine: Army chief
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to amend quarantine regulations for returnees to the island, Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva said.
According to the army chief, authorities are considering waiving off the quarantine requirement for returning Sri Lankans who have received both doses of any vaccine at least 14 days prior to arriving in the island, provided they test negative for the virus in a PCR test they will be subjected to upon arrival.
Discussions regarding this are currently under way and a decision will be announced either tonight or tomorrow, Silva said.
What used to be a 14-day quarantine was increased to 21 days on February 12 following the discovery of the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus in Sri Lanka. The director general of Health Services will announce the changes once agreed upon by authorities, the army chief said. (Colombo/Mar17/2021)