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Mandatory quarantine program starts today

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 10, 2020 12:31

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe states that a 14-day mandatory quarantine program will commence from today. A flight which is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka from South Korea will be quarantined initially.
The air passengers coming from Italy / Iran and South Korea are thus compulsory to be quarantined. They will be accommodated at the Quarantine Centres in Batticaloa and Kandakadu for 14 days. Dr. Anil Jasinghe has requested for returnees to the country to self-isolate themselves in their homes for a period of 14 days. They have also been advised not to undertake any foreign travel immediately after returning to the country. Dr.Jasinghe also said pilgrimage tours to India have been suspended. Meanwhile, The Sri Lanka Army has made arrangements to accommodate at least 2000-2500 persons for two weeks in two quarantine Centres in Punani and Kandakadu, in addition to planned accommodation of 300 more in Diyatalawa as well in the event of any emergency.

The head of the World Health Organization warned the threat of a global coronavirus pandemic was “very real” as the contagion continued its rapid spread around the world. In Italy – where some 16 million people are now under quarantine – there were 97 deaths reported, bringing its total on Monday to 463. Iran temporarily released about 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus epidemic, as the death toll rose by 43 new fatalities to 237. More than 3,800 people have died worldwide from coronavirus and over 110,000 infections have been recorded, according to WHO.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 10, 2020 12:31