Overseas Arrivals Restriction on the Cards
By Thameenah Razeek
Taking into account, the development where COVID-19 positive cases have been found among individuals arriving in Sri Lanka, the Government is looking to impose some restrictions on arrivals from overseas, said Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera.
Speaking to the Media, he said a large number of positive cases have been detected among those who arrived from the Middle East and from Europe.
According to the Epidemiology Unit statistics, Sri Lanka has confirmed 78 COVID-19 infections from among arrivals from overseas on 16 April. Dr. Samaraweera said some countries have already moved to halt foreign travel as the third and fourth COVID-19 waves continue to increase positive cases.
“In a bid to maintain the progress that Sri Lanka had in controlling the spread of the virus, restrictions will have to be imposed on arrivals from overseas. About 52,710 COVID-19 infections were reported so far in 2021 with 1,593 of them coming in from foreign countries. Sri Lanka’s cumulative infections confirmed in April added up to a total of 9,480 and 538 of them were from overseas,” he said.