Eight Lankans die of COVID-19 in India
By Kumudu Jayawardene
Eight Sri Lankans, who had been stranded in India due to the COVID-19 situation, had succumbed to the disease, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardene, said. The Minister stated information had been received that six Sri Lankans who had been stranded in New Delhi and two others in Rajasthan had perished from the illness.
Gunawardene also said that one of those who had died in Rajasthan had been an Ayurveda Doctor. He mentioned that these Sri Lankans had gone to India for purposes of obtaining visas and to receive medical attention etc. Meanwhile, DG of the COVID-19 Operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, B. Kandeeban, stated that six Sri Lankans who were attached to the SL High Commission in New Delhi had also contracted COVID-19. He added that due to this development the other officers of the High Commission had been forced to undergo the mandatory quarantine programme. Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga says a number of Sri Lankans who had gone to India for various reasons would be brought down to the country as soon as possible.