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Ban tourists from Covid high risk countries: Prof. Arjuna De Silva

Senior Professor Arjuna de Silva has called for an end to the influx of tourists from countries where the rapidly spreading Covid-19 variety has been identified.

Sri Lanka’s airports, which had been closed for 14 days, were reopened to tourists from yesterday (01).

Meanwhile, doctors warn that a severe variant of the Covid virus is spreading in South African countries.

However, South Africans are not yet barred from entering the country, and a temporary ban is in effect only for passengers arriving from India and Vietnam.

In such a situation, bringing South Africans into the country is a really dangerous situation, said Prof. Arjuna de Silva while participating in the Ada Derana “BIG FOCUS” program telecast this afternoon (02).

“Many countries have a red list. We can use the same list. The other option is bringing tourists from countries where the vaccination drive is in good progress. I beg the authorities not to bring tourists from other countries,” he said.