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19 Oct 2020 | 10:33 AM UTC

Sri Lanka: Authorities tighten travel restrictions October 18 /update 23

Sri Lanka News Alert

Authorities tighten travel restrictions on October 18; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka

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Event

Sri Lankan authorities declared that all passengers departing from the country will be required to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The test must be taken within the 72 hours preceding the departure flight. The ban on incoming international passenger flights also remains in place until further notice.

Sri Lankan authorities extended the current curfew zones to encompass Katunayake from 05:00 (local time) on Thursday, October 15. On Wednesday, October 7, indefinite curfews were announced in the Gampaha district areas of Divulapitiya, MinwangodaGampaha, Kirindiwela, Dompe, Pugoda, Ganemulla, Weeragula, Weliweriya, Malwathuhiripitiya, Nittambuwa, Meerigama, Pallewela, Yakkala, Ja-Ela, Kandana, and Kelaniya Police

As of Monday, October 19, there have been 5538 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka with 13 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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