All passengers arriving from South Korea to be checked for virus

All passengers arriving in Sri Lanka from South Korea will be checked for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said today.

As was reported by the Colombo Gazette yesterday (Saturday) a discussion was held on the matter and a final decision was to be taken today.

Accordingly, it was decided today to check all passengers arriving from South Korea for the virus with immediate effect.

South Korea said that the number of new coronavirus cases in the country has more than doubled in one day yesterday (Saturday).

Officials said that 229 new cases had been confirmed since Friday, raising the total to 433.

Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the outbreak had entered “a serious new phase”.

Many of the new cases are linked to a hospital and to a religious group near the south-eastern city of Daegu, authorities have said.

Two patients in South Korea have died so far and there are fears the number will rise.

Over 20,000 Sri Lankans comprising migrant workers as well as students reside in South Korea. (Colombo Gazette)