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The influenza situation in Sri Lanka was not at an epidemic level to issue a travel warning preventing Qatari citizens from visiting the country, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar A.S.P Liyanage said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror today, Liyanage said he had discussed the issue with Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne who confirmed that the influenza situation at the Peradeniya University was limited to its premises.

On April 4, the Qatari Foreign Ministry urged its nationals, through its official Twitter page, not to travel to Sri Lanka due to health concern.

The travel warning stated that the H1N1 (swine flu) was reportedly spreading throughout the Central Province, which included Kandy, a favorite tourist spot for Qatari nationals.

“Health Minister Senaratne said the situation was now under control and that the prevailing influenza situation had not reached epidemic levels,” Liyanage said.

A statement released by the Health Minister also said the situation was not dire as to release a travel warning for Sri Lanka.

Liyanage said he would be meeting the Qatari ambassador to Sri Lanka to discuss the travel warning. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Pissu poosa Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:58 PM

    Defending epidemic when "INFLUENZA" with president got him this ambassador job without any Foreign Service qualifications.

    angelo Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:48 PM

    THIS FELLA.... what a joke.. :) :)

    Yehiya Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:51 PM

    Unprofessional people nominated to country. They still doing the same job.

    Justica USA... Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:50 PM

    ASP...ur only an ambassador of SL...u cant dictate terms to a country which is warning its citizens of getting into unwanted situations....BTW how is ur Peacock mansion in Qatar surprising MR hasnt visited u for a luxury vacation ...sooner than later I guess via DM Android App

    Daham Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:56 PM

    It is highly unlikely that this man will be able to convince the Qatari ambassador to change the travel ban. We need diplomats to solve such problems.

    Bayya Thursday, 06 April 2017 01:29 PM

    Wrong people at the wrong place make us jokers to the world...

    brainmaster Thursday, 06 April 2017 01:55 PM

    Anyway THIS MAN is NOT qualified to be an ambassador unsuitable. via DM Android App

    malee Thursday, 06 April 2017 02:33 PM

    I am working in Oman. We have got an information that about 10 Maldivians were brought to hospitals in Sri Lanka having H1N1 for treatments and this is the cause for spreading H1N1 ...... if airport is checking for H1N1 why should they bring such patients to our hospitals . these private hospitals only crazy for money. Health ministry must look into such matters.

    Mohamed Ameer Thursday, 06 April 2017 02:41 PM

    What a Joke? Qatari government want to safeguard their citizen. so whats wrong with you?

    DillonDP Friday, 07 April 2017 10:16 AM

    May be you should go and tell this to the international community not to the local community

    Virgo Friday, 07 April 2017 12:06 PM

    He himself is an epidemic.


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