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No Lankans affected by COVID-19 in Italy, S. Korea

Sri Lankan Embassy opens hotlines

The Sri Lankan Government is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Italy and South Korea following the outbreak of COVID-19 which has so far claimed the lives of five and infected over 200 people particularly in Italy’s Lombardy region where over 60,000 Sri Lankans reside.

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome and Consulate General Office in Milan are in touch with the relevant authorities and they have opened hotlines to respond to the needs of the Sri Lankan community.

A Senior Foreign Ministry official yesterday evening confirmed that no Sri Lankans have fallen victim to the virus though there is a rise in Covid – 19 cases in Lombardy.

The Foreign Ministry in a release said over 104,000 Sri Lankans reside in Italy of which approximately 60 per cent are in the Lombardy region.

The missions are presently communicating with the health authorities in these regions and are in contact with Sri Lankans Temples, community leaders and others concerned.

“Sri Lankans visiting Italy, in particular, northern Italy are requested to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions in line with rules, regulations and safety measures issued by the local authorities for the contaminant of the virus.”

Hotlines operated by the Embassy and Consulate are currently functional on a round-the –clock basis and a Help Desk is also operational in order to respond to the needs of the Sri Lankan community.

The Hotlines are:

Embassy General Lines:

(0039)-06-884-0801, (0039)-06-885-4560

Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome:

Mr. Sisira Senavirathne , Charge d’Affaires, (0039)3499351745

Ms. Priya Nagarajah, Third Secretary, (0039) 3403581603

Ms. Nimali Jayamaha, Management Assistant, (0039) 3483027997

Consulate General Lines:

(0039)2495365530, (0039)245395621

Sri Lanka Consulate General in Milan:

Ms Sandamalee Dissanayake, Attaché (0039) 3888016268

Ms. Chathurika Roshani, Management Assistant (0039)3887249016

Meanwhile, Foreign Relations Ministry in a release said that Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul has been closely monitoring and coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of Sri Lankans residing in South Korea, following the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, particularly, in the city of Daegu.

According to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul, presently no Sri Lankans have fallen victim to the virus. Over 20,000 Sri Lankans comprising migrant workers as well as students reside in that country. The Embassy is focussing particular attention on Sri Lankans in Daegu, where an estimated 915 reside, a release issued by the Ministry said

The Hotlines operated by the Embassy are currently functional on a round-the-clock basis and a Help Desk is also operational in order to respond to the needs of the Sri Lankan community. Two social media groups have been established and the Mission is in contact with Sri Lankan Temples, community leaders and all others concerned.

The Hotlines are:

Embassy General Lines:

(0082)-2-735-2966, (0082)-2-735-2967, (0082)-2-794-2968

Ms. Sasanga Nikapitiya, First Secretary - (0082)-10-7222-1352

Mr. Senarath Yapa, Counsellor (Employment & Welfare) - (0082)-10-3389-2227

Ms. Nilanthi Pelawaththage, Second Secretary - (0082)-10-4084-0855

Ms. Samantha Senanayake, Third Secretary (Employment & Welfare) - (0082)-10-7499-2966


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