WORLD Sri Lanka to check, quarantine passengers from South Korea amid COVID-19 rise

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Sri Lanka to check, quarantine passengers from South Korea amid COVID-19 rise

Xinhua

23:24, February 24, 2020

COLOMBO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has said that all passengers arriving at the country's main Bandaranaike International Airport from South Korea will be subjected to a medical check-up for the COVID-19.

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The decision has been taken due to the rapid rise in new cases of the virus in South Korea, the Ministry, quoted in media reports said Monday.

Chief Epidemiologist of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that passengers arriving from South Korea would also be subjected to a 14-day isolation period and medical teams would be in touch with them to check if they carry symptoms of the virus.

The passengers from South Korea will be allowed to go to their destinations in Sri Lanka and will be requested to confine themselves to those places for 14 days, under observation of the Ministry, Dr. Sudath further explained.

Around 22,000 Sri Lankans are currently working in South Korea.

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