Qatar urges nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka

The Qatar Foreign Ministry has urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka due to health concerns. They have put out a travel warning on their official Twitter page urging people not to visit the island country as H1N1 is reportedly spreading throughout the Central province, which includes Kandy, a favourite tourist spot.

Central Provincial Health Service Director Shanthi Samarasinghe was quoted on a local website as saying that H1N1 virus is spreading fast in the province. 17 persons including 2 pregnant women have died during the last 3 months in the province, the website reported.

A leading university in the province, Peradeniya University, has shut down indefinitely due to the spread of the viral flu.

The Qatar Foreign Ministry in their tweet said that the Sri Lankan official authorities have confirmed the spread of swine flu (H1N1) in Sri Lanka. Many people are infected with the disease and also many deaths are reported due to the flu.

The ministry urged nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka except in cases of extreme necessity until health conditions improve. (Colombo Gazette)