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Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today the Chinese delegation would not undergo a quarantine process, but they would be subjected to a PCR test upon their arrival.

She made these comments in Parliament responding to a question raised by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Harsha De Silva if the delegation would be subjected to a quarantine process.

The Minister said the delegation was expected to undergo a PCR test before their arrival in China and here in Sri Lanka upon their arrival.

“They will be subjected to two PCR tests accordingly. They are coming here for one day visit, and they will not undergo a quarantine process. They are a top-level delegation,” she said.

State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya said he was expected to welcome the delegation and added that he had been given health guidelines to be followed at the event.

“I will come with a PCR test when I come to parliament if needed,” he said.

Meanwhile, SJB MP Niroshan Perera said the arrival of a Chinese delegation at this juncture was a health risk.

He said even though COVID-19 regulations and laws were imposed on the common people, any of those laws were not applied to those at the top level. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 21

  • Farieze Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:43 PM

    So top level only chinese What about us low level

    Hari M Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:43 PM

    The government bend, break rules for foreigners and the local suffer because of these follies. Shame on you health minister and the lot who talk patriotism but kill the locals when it suits you.

    Shani Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:48 PM

    Could have followed this protocol with the US diplomat also a couple of months ago.

    Murshid idroos Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:52 PM

    BS top delegation even for minute they must be subject to quarantine protocol without arousing the country peoples yakas

    Lal Thursday, 08 October 2020 08:52 PM


    Truth Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:04 PM

    My blood is boiling. Pur pwn citizens are in quarantine but not these people.

    sam silva Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:05 PM

    Because they are so called " Top Officials" no need quarantine. Did you forget these are the people who are totally responsible for the virus. What a shame.

    K. L Pathirana Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:13 PM

    Why is there a different approach for this group ? If this single day meeting is that important and damn Chinese are immune to standard protocols why have the regulations ? Those who want to have a meeting with the Chinese shall be sent to China and quarantine upon their arrival back in Colombo.

    Joshua Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:36 PM

    Yes, Chinese are the darling of this Govt. What nonsense

    Jehan Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:44 PM

    Welcome to chin lanka province of China.

    Lankan Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:47 PM

    Why do not you apply same rules to Sri Lankans form outside? We are second class people???

    R. C. Chitty Thursday, 08 October 2020 09:58 PM

    COVID 19 is no respector of persons. Is the person coming here immune to the deadly disease that originated in China? This is an example of `one country one law`. The Govt. is acting as if it is a slave of China - Rusty

    J A Nihal Peiris Friday, 09 October 2020 09:22 AM


    Don Friday, 09 October 2020 10:33 AM

    Were those Chinese born via a different route ?adjacent to the normal route?

    Lumbini Friday, 09 October 2020 10:36 AM

    Why this kind of favours to China? What a shame! Queensland State Government is not allowing even to the Prime Minister of the country to come there as the border is closed for other states. Rules are rules.

    Kandy Friday, 09 October 2020 10:50 AM

    These Chinese must be coming to get the govt. to commit to another huge loan or to get another part of the country. Stop bowing down tho the Chinese at least now.

    Renu Friday, 09 October 2020 10:56 AM

    One country one law !! Great

    Heaven Friday, 09 October 2020 03:33 PM

    Tourist have to stay 14 days in a 5 star hotel. All visa where suspended, why the airport is closed for commercial flights? Now we can spent $ 100,- for a entry visa. And 4 pcr tests one 72 hours before departure and 3 in Sri Lanka. So all tourist let’s suspend Sri Lanka and stay at home.

    Sunil Friday, 09 October 2020 03:48 PM

    What about all the other tourists waiting to come that will actually bring revenue to the country? Very unfair!

    Shelton Friday, 09 October 2020 03:59 PM

    Chinese are the people who started this epidemic. There are still thousands of cases in China. The Sri Lankans from 'safe countries' cannot come back home because of the restrictions. Double standards.

    Kanagawa mamaa Friday, 09 October 2020 05:31 PM

    Chinese Belt

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