August 1, 2021

Sri Lanka receives the first returnees of Wuhan for the coronavirus

A group of 33 citizens of Sri Lanka who were trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan, closed by the outbreak of coronavirus that originated there, arrived this Saturday in the south of the island country, where they will remain in quarantine for 14 days.

“The group is happily established” at the Diyatalawa military camp in Colombo, where they will spend the quarantine, military spokesman Chandana Wikramasinghe confirmed to Efe, who said a medical contingent will control the health of those 33 people.

None of them tested positive for coronavirus tests that were performed upon arrival, the military spokesman said.

The group was repatriated in a SriLankan Airlines plane that after landing was disinfected by the authorities.

“The Board of Directors and the employees of SriLankan Airlines are very proud of the selfless effort of the 16 crew members who offered to fly to Wuhan … They have gone well beyond duty,” said the president of the airline Ashok Pathirage

In addition, this Friday it was learned that the Chinese tourist who contracted the virus and was detected while staying in Sri Lanka, recovered completely.

“The only patient with coronavirus in the country, a Chinese citizen, has been negative in the latest medical reports. She will soon be discharged,” said the director general of Health Services, Anil Jasinghe.

However, another 16 people continue to be monitored for suspicion that they could have contracted the disease.

Despite this, the Sri Lankan Executive urged companies that have Chinese employees to take the necessary measures to avoid exposure to public places as of this Saturday and indefinitely for the time being.

“We have asked those companies to keep Chinese workers in their places of work and residence. This is a precautionary measure that we have taken with immediate effect,” the director general of the state Department of Immigration and Emigration, Pasan, told Efe. Ratnayake

According to the institution, which has suspended the issuance of visas for the arrival of more Chinese, about 10,000 citizens of that country currently have a visa to work in Sri Lanka.


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