Monday March 9, 2020 15:21:27
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to quarantine incoming passengers from Italy, Korea and Iran on flights arriving on March 10 (Tuesday) as part of measures to ramp up barriers against the Coronavirus (COVID19) which is spreading from new hotspots, an official said.
“Priority on containing is our focus currently and we are on high alert from now on,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Director, Chief Operations, Airport and Aviation Services, the state airport agency said.
The passengers will be taken directly from Bandaranaike International Airport. Authorities are planning to start the process from 0400hours on March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) he said.
The passengers will be quarantined for 14-days at Batticaloa Campus and Kandakaddu Rehabilitation center in Welikanda, in Eastern Sri Lanka he said.
Air travel around the world has been hit as travelers stayed at home and countries slapped restrictions.
SriLankan Airlines said it is halting flight to China and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia amid restrictions. Flight to Qatar may also stop as the country announced restrictions.
Oil prices have plunged as demand fell.
New Coronavirus hotspots in Europe and the Middle East are emerging as as China reported lower infections.
Temporary hospitals built in Hubei province are closing. The number under treatment had fallen to 19,000 from a peak of 58,000.
China said Disneyland would partially open.(Colombo/Mar09/2020-Update I)