Several Sri Lankan nationals who have returned from Italy but are now absconding the quarantine procedures, are those who had fled to Italy illegally and do not have the necessary documentation, military sources told the Daily Mirror. However authorities are making an appeal to these returnees to register with the police and get themselves admitted to the hospital if they have been infected or undergo the necessary quarantine procedures stating that they will face no legal action under humanitarian grounds. "It is most necessary that these returnees register and seek medical attention immediately if they have developed symptoms. We will not take legal action on them under humanitarian grounds, but they will face action if they do not come forward," military sources said. Teams consisting of the military, police and health workers have been making checks in the Puttalam district and Negombo area, tracing down those who had in recent weeks returned from Italy and other European countries but are absconding quarantine. Military sources said that following announcements by the authorities, many had registered with the police and were now placed under house quarantine for 2 weeks but those who were yet to register, were urged to do so immediately. Sri Lanka has so far seen 65 patients infected with the coronavirus, within 11 days since the first patient was detected last week while over 200 are under observation in the designated hospitals. (JAMILA HUSAIN)
Dee Friday, 20 March 2020 05:45 PM
Don't say that they came back by boat! If they came by air how come without documents?
Bande Friday, 20 March 2020 05:48 PM
We need to announce this message through public media in all three languages to register with authorities.
sam silva Friday, 20 March 2020 05:50 PM
If they left to Italy illegally and how did they arrived illegally without the immigration officers knowledge. Specially from Italy.
Chux Friday, 20 March 2020 06:49 PM
These guys are un patriotic people who kept quite
Kapila Senaratne Friday, 20 March 2020 07:56 PM
Please disregard the emigration status. Don’t discriminate. Please do your best to take care.
Question more Friday, 20 March 2020 08:25 PM
Did they come through immigration. Cannot they be traced on the computer entries of incoming persons.
Kathirgaman Friday, 20 March 2020 09:02 PM
On arrival all thé people should bé screened with médical test.are there enough materials installéd to each person at thé airport?
Dr. Magedaragamage Friday, 20 March 2020 09:24 PM
Those returnees from whatever country must realize if they continue to go in hiding, there is a danger to transmit the virus to their closest families and friends causing a potential "death warrant" to themselves and others.
Kapila Senaratne Friday, 20 March 2020 09:25 PM
It’s highly irrelevant comment. After all it’s shows the economy side of the country. Very discriminative.
Rex Jarkie Friday, 20 March 2020 09:28 PM
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PILGRIMS WHO BROUGHT DOWN FROM INDIA BY SRI LANKAN AIRLINES WERE THEY QUARANTINED ??????????????????????????????????????????????????
Unknown Name Friday, 20 March 2020 10:47 PM
We are tourists. We read this newspaper every day to receive sufficient information about epidemic situation in Sri Lanka. We know and we feel: We are not the persons mentioned above. We are the foreigners totally legally entered Sri Lanka more than a week ago. We see in newspaper: The army, health care services and the police really work hard to prevent nation and island from coronavirus. "Traitors" are those who do nothing according to the new medical regulations (do not tell the truth, do not register, do not wash hands ets.) We see in our touristical life: We do everything to prevent us and other people from possible danger (we wash hands too much and we use sanitizer likely before and after any contact in all public places etc., we do not travel more than near villagesweno ties with China, Italy, Iran, Corea. We are likely in carantine in our hotels (doors are closed till Monday) after we did nothing wrong or nothing illegal. And after we payed hundred of dollars...So, "the traitors" is only asked to register in police without any legal problems, may be they will be stated under medical or police control... by humanitarian matters.We are now registered in all the nessesary authorities, we give all the information... And what problems, travel and legal issues we have?May be it is logical to give to all the foreigners the permission to leave hotels for beaches... or it is new kind of
Ruwani Peiris Friday, 20 March 2020 11:08 PM
Jayaweva! This is the governments fault for not screening them when they arrived at BIA. Now they expect these people to go back into quarantine? Ofcourse they are absconding!
dickie bird Friday, 20 March 2020 11:31 PM
Oh ! Thats why they wanted air condition rooms and hotel facilities for quarantine.
Smart Aleck Saturday, 21 March 2020 04:17 PM
These illegal emigrants will get their just desserts from Covid 19
Jim kuru Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:12 AM
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