Sri Lankan airlines flight leaves Wuhan with 33 Sri Lankan students and family. Wuhan city is considered as the epicenter of CoronaVirus. Students are arriving from the China’s Wuhan Province will be quarantined for two weeks at the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital according to sources.
Following the direction of Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Ministry of Foreign Relations in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, have facilitated the return of the 33 Sri Lankan students and their family members to Sri Lanka from Wuhan as CoronaVirus outbreak.
A Sri Lankan Airlines aircraft UL 1423 carrying the families departed from Wuhan airport a short while ago ( 0405 hrs ( Local Time) 1 Feb 2020).
Acting Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing K.K. Yoganaadan said the Government of Sri Lanka is thankful to the Chinese Government for expediting the process of clearance for the Sri Lankan aircraft to land in Wuhan, to fly the retuning students and their family members.
Over the past five days the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing and the Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou have coordinated the return to Sri Lanka of 627 students, in addition to the 33 students from Wuhan (total 660). The Embassy and the Consulates are in the process of facilitating the return of those among the remaining 204 students, who wish to return to the country.
Sri Lankans arriving from the China’s Wuhan Province will be quarantined for two weeks at the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital.
According to the alert by the Army Commander on this issue, Sri Lankans arriving from the Wuhan Province have to undergo two weeks quarantine period at the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital. Two dormitories will be set up there to accomodate suspicious coronavirus persons.
A special function was held at the Diyatalawa Army Base Hospital to construct two buildings and the Army 17 Corps Engineer Service Regiment troops of the Security Force Headquarters –Central (SFHQ-Cen) will build them.
Those will comprise 32 rooms and will be equipped with medical tools, WIFY Communication systems, thermometers and other necessary modern systems.