Total of 1,131 passengers arrive during the last three days: Aviation Director

13 March 2020 04:05 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By the third day since the initiation of COVID-19 quarantine process at the airport, a total of 1,131 passengers who arrived in the country from Iran, Italy and South Korea had been sent for quarantine at Batticaloa Campus, Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in Polonnaruwa and the Leprosy Hospital Hendala, Airport & Aviation Director Shehan Sumanasekara said.

He said following initiation of the process, the objections raised against by the passengers were minimized by the third day.

Accordingly, 287 passengers had been sent to quarantine centres by 6.00 p.m. yesterday (12) to the Batticaloa quarantine centre.

The first batch of passengers (222) sent for quarantine on Tuesday (10). 622 passengers sent on Wednesday (11) and 287 passengers sent yesterday.

Security officers, Health Officials, doctors and airport senior officials had been entrusted with the programme, he said.

However, another flight with 199 passengers from Milano, Italy arrived at the Katunayake airport last night, and they were to be sent by yesterday to the quarantine centres.

All passengers were provided with essential facilities and were subjected to surface sterilization before being transported to the quarantine centres by buses," he said.

He further said that none of these passengers who disembarked at BIA showed any symptoms related to the COVID-19. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)

  Comments - 6

  • sam silva Friday, 13 March 2020 04:58 AM

    Unbelievable. Why are we excluding the Chinese passengers !!!.

    Devinda Uduwara Friday, 13 March 2020 05:01 AM

    Is China- base of Convid-19 exempted from quarantine? If so, have they produced us a Convid-19 free certificate for each individuals?

    sam silva Friday, 13 March 2020 05:22 AM

    The other countries have forbidden the people from the same countries and we are letting them in and not caring for our citizens.

    Deepal Edirisinghe Friday, 13 March 2020 05:24 AM

    There is no any passengers from China ?

    Confused Friday, 13 March 2020 05:30 AM

    You are kidding me! Is this for real? From those high risk countries? And why would they come all the way to go in isolation?

    Han Friday, 13 March 2020 07:46 AM

    In latentperiod there are no symptom. But it is contagious during that period.


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