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'Do not panic. We are ready for this': Health Ministry

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Three tourists who arrived from Ukraine and tested positive for the COVID-19 have been placed under treatment at a center set up at the hotel they have been housed in, and their first contacts have also been identified, an official from the Health Ministry told Daily Mirror.

While the group arrived here earlier this week, under a strict travel bubble, all were subject to a PCR test once they reached their hotel, and out of the 185 Ukranian tourists, three tested positive for the virus. All the remaining 182 tourists are not identified as first contacts but those who these three tourists closely associated with, have been identified. They will be subject to a PCR test once again after a few days. 
A senior Health Ministry official said once the airport was re-opened for these tourists, they were expecting some arrivals to test positive that is why all prior arrangements had been made. Under the strict travel bubble, these tourists will not come in contact with society and will be taken to selected destinations only and will not be able to leave their hotels otherwise.
"This is not an additional threat on us. We were expecting this and all arrangements were in place. When other countries are also facing the COVID-19 we cannot expect that no tourist will test positive. But for that we are ready. People do not need to panic about this," the official said.
The rest of the Ukranian group will continue with their tour under strict health guidelines and there will be no changes to their itenary, the Daily Mirror learns. 
The positive patients will be treated here and sent back after they recover. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • PILOT Wednesday, 30 December 2020 01:34 PM

    NEXT NEWS !! GOVT HAS CANCELLED ALL THE UKRANIAN FLIGHTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE !!

    Selvakumar Wednesday, 30 December 2020 01:52 PM

    Health ministry always say the words " don't panic " but end of the people's will be middle road for coronavirus issue in sri Lanka !!!

    Jeeves Wednesday, 30 December 2020 02:05 PM

    Who pays the cost for their treatment and/or hospital admission? Tourists should have HEALTH INSURANCE, otherwise taxpayer will foot the bill!

    Lasith Wednesday, 30 December 2020 02:09 PM

    Airport tax should be reinstated asap! This is not the time for " freebees"!

    kumar Wednesday, 30 December 2020 04:30 PM

    Don't panic we have panni

    Ross Wednesday, 30 December 2020 05:29 PM

    So, didn't they bring PCR report from Ukraine?

    Lakshman Wednesday, 30 December 2020 05:30 PM

    Next PCR will be negative. No worries

    Dhanapala Thursday, 31 December 2020 09:17 AM

    Not panic. Tests not totally accurate are we importing another disaster.


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