No risk of COVID transmission from Ukrainian tourists : Gammanpila
The Power and Energy Minister states that there is no risk of transmission of Covid-19 from the Ukrainian passengers despite lockdowns being imposed in Ukraine. He stated this responding to a question during the Cabinet media briefing today (12).
He further stated that out of the 1,004 passengers, only three tested positive for Covid-19 and that no passenger arrived in the country after lockdowns were imposed in Ukraine.
The Minister also noted that Sri Lanka has lost a majority of funds gained from the tourism industry in 2020 which amplified the need for such a pilot project.
When questioned as to why the face mask rule was not strictly implemented on the Ukrainian tourists, Minister Gammanpila explained that the tourists operate in a bio-bubble and that as a result there is no risk of anyone being infected by the virus.
Meanwhile, the former Ambassador of Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga states that since all tourists are arriving in Sri Lanka after being subjected to PCR tests in Ukrainian Airports, there is a minimal risk of infected tourists arriving in Sri Lanka.
Ukraine entered a 17-day nationwide Covid-19 lockdown from 08 January to 24 January. The tourism pilot project is due to continue until 24 January, with 2,580 tourists due to visit Sri Lanka during the time.