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No charges for quarantine facilities – Army Chief

Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva assured yesterday that there is no charge for facilities for those arriving from overseas and sent to quarantine centres as a precautionary measure.

Issuing a statement, the Army Commander said that on a directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Tri-Services which are facilitating the quarantine process in the East with the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Defence officials, would not charge any fees from passengers, to be sent to quarantine centres. The Army, Navy and Air Force with relevant respective authorities would continue to facilitate the project.

There was confusion yesterday where a group of passengers who were directed to the Batticaloa Campus and Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre had raised objections over being charged a fee for daily provision of meals at the quarantine centres. It was reported that passengers who were sent to these centres for a 14 day quarantine period were asked to pay Rs 7,500 for their meals and facilities during their quarantine period.

However, the Army Chief assured that no such charges would be obtained from anyone sent to these facilities.

A group of 179 Sri Lankan expatriates and two South Korean nationals who arrived in the country from South Korea and Italy last morning were sent to the quarantine centre at Batticaloa Campus.

The Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe announced last week that the Batticaloa Private University and the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre have been converted into quarantine facilities for passengers arriving in the country from Coronavirus-hit countries. Accordingly, all passengers from Italy, South Korea, and Iran will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. However, all passengers arriving from overseas have been requested to stay in their homes for a period of 14 days prior to engaging in outdoor activities as a precautionary measure until it is confirmed they are not carrying the virus.

Meanwhile, the Army Commander said the tri-services are fully geared to take on the responsibility of containing any possible transmission of the deadly ‘Covid-19’ (Coronavirus) in the country.

He said that the Sri Lanka Army has made arrangements to accommodate at least 2000-2500 persons at two improvised quarantine Centres in Punani and Kandakadu, in addition to available accommodation of 300 more in Diyatalawa in the case of any emergency.


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