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A flight with Sri Lankan passengers which was scheduled to arrive in the country tomorrow from Qatar was cancelled after more than 70 COVID-19 patients were found among the 466 passengers previously arrived from Qatar and at quarantine centres, Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations Jayanath Colombage said.

He said previous passengers arrived in the country from Kuwait on May 19. 

The cancelled flight (UL218) was scheduled to leave from Doha at 5.45 a.m with 273 Sri Lankan Passengers.

However, a senior official of the airport said a large number of persons including Airport service personnel, health service officers and armed forces personals had taken to PCR tests at the airport today following the arrival of 466 Sri Lankan passengers from Kuwait on May 19.

Meanwhile, an Emirates flight had arrived in the country from Dubai with one Sri Lankan passenger who was stranded in South Africa for two months.

That passenger was a technical officer attached to the Emirates Airlines. He has been stranded in South Africa for two months after completing his trainings. (T.K.G. Kapila)

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  • Leo Monday, 25 May 2020 09:25 PM

    I'm sure half of Qatar already has this disease.

    Sanjeewa V Monday, 25 May 2020 09:34 PM

    466 passengers previously came from Qatar or Kuwait? very confusing.

    Travis fox. Monday, 25 May 2020 10:13 PM

    So you guys keep canceling ??? We know what happen to the kuwait people because of your delay to bring them they were put in camp by the Kuwait government and they got it from the people who was in the camp..so mr colobage your responsible for them and all who die in starvation in the middle east.you put your self in to their shoes stay without 3month's salary.giving false information to the president. Rataviruwo now have become baluwiruwo to you people.shame on you people.

    Leo Monday, 25 May 2020 11:29 PM

    We can't risk lives of 20 million sri lankans who chose not to migrate either. Please understand that the number one responsibility of the authorities is to prevent a community spread.

    Travis fox Monday, 25 May 2020 10:25 PM

    Mr kolabage you wait and see we all sri lankan will be sent from these countries in the middle east by force and will be banned for sri lankans to come for jobs.your salary also paid from the money we send you hypocrite man you always ignore the middle east people. You stupid man i hope all sri lankans get banned from coming to work in the middle east so then you stupid will know.you brought all your relatives from uk Australia. So get the rataviruwa be killed why you enjoy your position. Stupid man.marapang rataviruwo.

    Sid Monday, 25 May 2020 11:25 PM

    Why are these people trying to come back if their jobs are in tact? Why don't they stay back and hold onto their jobs as the job situation in SL is critical..Even if they comeback to SL with the curfew completely lifted its as good as staying back at least you have a job

    Ajja Tuesday, 26 May 2020 03:58 PM

    Dont they check passengers before boarding whether they are infected with the pandemic.Its a pity being a reputed Airline !!!


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