181 persons moved to quarantine centers

181 persons moved to quarantine centers in Batticaloa and Kandakudi

by Staff Writer 10-03-2020 | 8:21 PM
Colombo (News 1st) - While the Coronavirus has affected several countries, two quarantine centers have been set-up in Sri Lanka for those arriving from overseas. 181 individuals who arrived from South Korea and Italy are currently being quarantined at these centers. They will remain at these centers for a period of 14 days. A flight carrying 166 passengers on board from South Korea touched down in Sri Lanka at around 3:33 am. 164 of them are Sri Lankans while two were of South Korean origin. 13 individuals arrived from Italy via Oman this morning while 2 others arrived via Qatar. These passengers were transported to the quarantine centers in Batticaloa and Kandakudi in buses following a quarantining procedure at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Claims of delays in the quarantining process and levying charges for the procedure became a subject of discussion at the airport. The Commander of the Army highlighted that Sri Lankan citizens will not be charged fees to undergo the quarantining process. Meanwhile, a group of foreigners who arrived on flight MI - 17, were taken to the quarantine facility in Kandakudi today. A bus carrying Sri Lankan passengers neared Kandakudi this afternoon.