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Risk of Covid-19 spreading from India to Sri Lanka

Say fishing community should remain vigilant

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The COVID-19 situation in India was getting worse day by day and that there was the risk of the virus spreading to along Sri Lanka's coastal belt because of the contact with Indian fishing community, Public Health Inspectors Union (PHIs) said.

Union President Upul Rohana said though no COVID-19 cases had been reported from the fishing community, the worsening situation in India posed an increasing danger to Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lankans maintain links with Indians when it comes to illegal smuggling and drug trafficking on the high seas. This has become a widespread business with several fishermen being arrested when caught smuggling narcotics,” he said. “There were also cases in the recent past where several fishermen were arrested for illegally transporting turmeric from India on boats."

Mr. Rohana said there had been several cases of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen exchanging fish out in the ocean.

Against this backdrop, there is the possibility of fisherman being infected with the virus resulting in it spreading among fellow fishermen and thus making inroads into Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,901 while 2,755 of them had recovered and discharged from hospitals leaving behind 135 active cases. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • vince Tuesday, 18 August 2020 05:36 PM

    If the chronically insane PHIs stop striking for no reason then Sri Lanka might have a chance

    sam silva Tuesday, 18 August 2020 05:38 PM

    Publishing any comments lately

    Ajja Tuesday, 18 August 2020 05:47 PM

    Good point by the SL PHI's,need a action plan please without further delay

    Eichmann Bernhard Tuesday, 18 August 2020 06:01 PM

    It is just one reason to distract from the Chinese. It is very bad at the moment in India

    ChanakaJ Tuesday, 18 August 2020 06:23 PM

    Should also include Corvid 19 threat from illegal immigrants via Indian fishing boats!

    Sinhala Putha Tuesday, 18 August 2020 07:58 PM

    The country is blessed; it is an island away from from India. Increase naval patrol around the island. Punish the smugglers with death sentence. Banned all airline flights between the two. The danger will be taken care of in no time.

    GHarry Tuesday, 18 August 2020 11:35 PM

    India is not only a risk of spreading COVID in Sri Lanka, but many dangerous virus which we can not solve easily.

    Andrew Silva Wednesday, 19 August 2020 05:11 AM

    Don't worry you have a corona virus fighting Army Leader, it is under control.

    ranaweera Wednesday, 19 August 2020 08:59 AM

    This is a resl threat. This is not a joke. Navy can catch these guys but sling with that they can catch virus too. This is not an easy task my friend for anyone to control . Indian cannot control, US cannot control, Europe cannot control, Aussies and New Zealand controlled but again coming back . Only China and other Asian countries have been able to mange it. Sri Lanka has so far done a remarkable job thanks to the new administration and support from the armed forces. So guys take this seriously, this virus has no political affliations. You can ridicule the efforts taken so far by writing some negative comments here. Or contribute your part in controlling this.


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