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Sri Lankan health ministry insists on a 14-day quarantine

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Sri Lankan health ministry professionals have endorsed their earlier guidelines and have been insisting on a 14-day quarantine for the visiting Bangladesh cricket team. It’s not good news for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

This has been confirmed by Dr. Sudath Samarweera, the chief of the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health.

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The discussions between the health ministry professionals and the experts from the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 took place on Thursday, where it is “decided” not to relax the quarantine period for the visiting team, or to any overseas visitors arriving in the country.

Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo on Friday morning, he said,

“there has been no change in our earlier stand and if the Bangladesh team wants to play in Sri Lanka, must undergo a 14-day quarantine”.

Dr. Samarweera also declined the split quarantine. The proposal for Bangladesh players was to have a 7-day quarantine in Bangladesh and 7-day in Sri Lanka.

“We want them to be in a total quarantine period of 14 days from the day when they land in Sri Lanka”, he added.

The Hon. Health Minister (Mrs.) Pavithra Wanniarachchi didn’t participate in the meeting. “She encourages the professionals to take such decisions”, one of the medical persons attached to the department added.

The decision will be conveyed to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board by the acting Director General of Health Services Dr. S. Sreedharan, who earlier had hoped for an amicable solution.

Reactions to this discouraging news from SLC and the BCB are awaited.

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