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Shortcomings identified in the pilot project implemented this week to open Sri Lanka’s borders for selected tourists will be addressed, health officials said.

Allegations were raised that quarantine regulations had not been strictly followed when tourists from Ukraine had arrived at the Mattala International Airport this week.

Among the allegations raised was over the welcome ceremony organised for the tourists by the authorities, which included dances and other cultural events.

The dancers were seen not wearing face masks during the performances.

Health Services Deputy Director Dr. Hemantha Herath told reporters yesterday (Wednesday) that since the process was a pilot project, the shortcoming would be addressed in future. Dr. Hemantha Herath said that some shortcomings in the pilot project had been rectified immediately while other issues will be addressed in the coming days.

Three Ukrainians who were part of the first batch of tourists to arrive in Sri Lanka this week, had tested positive for the coronavirus after a PCR test was carried out in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Hemantha Herath said that the foreigners had arrived with negative result certificates from PCR tests conducted in Ukraine.

However, he said that PCR tests conducted in Sri Lanka showed that three of them were infected.

He also said that while government hospitals were prepared to provide medical care to the them, the tourists had some reservations.

The Tourism Ministry is working with semi-government and private hospitals to provide medical care to the visitors. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • Sokrates Thursday, 31 December 2020 08:55 AM

    In this case shortcomings could be deadly. But anyway the government showed that it is not in the position to fight the virus.

    FF Thursday, 31 December 2020 09:33 AM

    GOVT AND GOVT SPONSORED EVENTS ARE EXEMPT FROM HEALTH REGULATIONS. AJIT ROHANA WILL YOU ARREST THOSE DANCERS WHO DID NOT WEAR THE MASK?

    BigEars Thursday, 31 December 2020 10:09 AM

    You are putting the health of the nation on a knife edge. Resign you jokers.

    harshass Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:45 PM

    What if this happened during Yahapalana government?

    Sashi Thursday, 31 December 2020 03:14 PM

    Who will foot the bill of private hospital care for 2 weeks? Tourism industry? AKA taxpayer!

    SarangaDS Thursday, 31 December 2020 03:18 PM

    Welcoming ceremony with dancers - utter waste of money, and unnecessary risk in Covid times! Better to spend money on a Ukraine translator.


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