Monitor tourists round-the-clock till departure – PHI Union
By Sanduni Gamarachchi
Head of the PHI Union, Upul Rohana, says due to the still pertinent threat posed to the public, through the spread of COVID-19, if tourists are allowed to enter the country, then they should be monitored round-the-clock, till their departure, by the health and security authorities.
He said after the recent reopening of the BIA, they had noticed that scores of Indian nationals had entered the country and after having spent a fortnight, they depart Colombo for the Middle East. Rohana observed that it was still unclear as to under whose supervision these India nationals are told to undergo the mandatory quarantine programme in Sri Lanka and charged that the health authorities were totally in the dark.
He alleged that these Indian nationals are directly taken to their hotels by their agents and insisted that the health authorities were unaware of the exact number of days they spent in quarantine as it is not monitored. The head of the PHI Union warned that this sort of ignorant conduct by the health authorities could lead to serious consequences for the people both in the short and long term.
Rohana stated that due to this unhealthy situation the latest variant of COVID-19, detected in South Africa, could also enter this country before long further complicating the issues.