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Covid-19 centre not informed of Russian passengers placement: Army Chief

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Officials of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPC) was not informed of where the Russian passengers were placed, following their arrival, Army Commander Shavendra Silva.

The NOCPC Head made this comment with reference to the Russian who tested positive for Covid-19 in Matara. Normally, such returnees are placed at a designated hotel. However, we were not informed in this regard.

The Russian, who tested positive was found to have been diagnosed with the virus following the first PCR test carried out on him and two more PCR tests are to be carried out.

He said according to health officials, the probability of others being infected with the virus through this person is low.

The Russian cargo flight with at least seven crew members arrived at the Mattala Airport on September 13 through Bangalore, India.

The infected person, who was among a group of 15 Russians was staying in a tourist hotel in Polhena, Matara.

49 individuals including 23 employees in the hotel and 24 members of their families would be subject to self-quarantine. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Concerned Citizen Thursday, 24 September 2020 09:56 PM

    Why wasn’t he sent for 14 days center/hotel quarantine, and 14 days self quarantine like all the other passengers .

    BigEars Thursday, 24 September 2020 09:57 PM

    Man, you talked big of quarantining and tracing. Now you say you were not informed. No, you did not know. They is a break in national security and this foreigner was galavanting in the south. You are your handler is responsible. Like a gentleman, take the responsibility and step down. Leave this job to the medical professionals.

    Jiff Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:05 PM

    JVP?

    Sam Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:16 PM

    That russian was tested while being under quarantine in a hotel , he never left the hotel.

    Ketheesh Waran Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:58 PM

    Stepping down is the only thing he doesn't know. If he step down to all his actions; he will never be able to stand up in his life

    Karthik Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:05 PM

    Sad news.Aafter all the good work done uptown now. So this a another lesson.

    Dee Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:08 PM

    Ha. Ha. Ha. Not informed! We are used to this kind of statement. Thank you SAR!

    Ups Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:09 PM

    Reminding the conduct of police seniors, prior to Easter Sunday blast,shamefully irresponsible

    DJ Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:17 PM

    There would've being hell to pay if the present govt., was in the opposition

    Concerned citizen Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:58 PM

    Maharagama Cancer Hospital where 1000s gather daily without social distancing, since of late stopped checking temperature at the gate. Law less.

    Ramesh Kanth Friday, 25 September 2020 07:37 AM

    First Chinese then Russian. No one in Sri Lanka knows who those people and what there are doing.Way to go our national security.

    Jayasiri Deshabandu Friday, 25 September 2020 08:07 AM

    There should not be exceptions. All passengers arriving must be checked and be under control of Health authorities. If you cannot do the job please give it to someone who cares about Sri Lanka. Do not wait to be informed! Find out and control is your job.

    Kay de silva Friday, 25 September 2020 09:00 AM

    This is not an excuse commander. Your national operation Centre is for what? To monitor the foreign arrivals. Don’t pass the ball to others. There is a saying. “Success has many parents but Failure is an orphan”.

    FF Friday, 25 September 2020 09:34 AM

    AN EXCUSE. WHAT ARE THE OTHER EXCUSES COMMANDER???

    Andrew Silva Friday, 25 September 2020 09:37 AM

    Security of the country is compromised by the actions of these health officials. If even one of these crew members is a Novichok agent it is the Army commander who has to take the responsibility.

    THUSHARA WIJEKOON Monday, 28 September 2020 11:02 AM

    You guys are talking about stepping down. one single individual cannot look after The entire citizens of the country. Each individual has a responsibility on national security. This whatsapp addicted world no one Knows what is happening in and around. plz be mindful what you talk. Thanks to their leadership only you guys are at least breathing now.


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