Colombo, Feb. 1 (newsin.asia) — Thirty three Sri Lankan nationals who were evacuated from Wuhan on Friday arrived back in the country, on board a special Sri Lankan Airlines flight on Saturday morning, the government information department said in a statement.
The Sri Lankan students along with their family members, landed at the Mattala International Airport, in the south of the island country and were transported through a specially sealed bus to the Diyatalawa base Hospital, in the central highlands, where they will be quarantined for two weeks.
The government said a special Sri Lankan Airlines crew was sent to Wuhan to bring home the students and their family members on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the crew members and passengers were disinfected before disembarking at the Mattala Airport.
The students and their family members were then received by a special group from Sri Lanka Army’s Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Squadron who are qualified to deal with such biological or chemical emergencies.
The special military group then transported them to Diyatalawa, the information department said.
The army said that during the quarantine period, the students and their family members will be provided with all requirements such as food, refreshments, sanitary requirements and all other amenities.
The army also said that so far there were no symptoms of the coronavirus on the Sri Lankan students.
Meanwhile, SriLankan Airlines, in a statement expressed its profound gratitude to its staff members who volunteered to operate Flight UL1423, the airline’s mission of mercy that brought back the students from Wuhan.
The Airline said the national carrier worked in close co-operation with the Sri Lanka Air Force which sent its
Bio Medical Team to Mattala and provided SriLankan with all the equipment needed to make the mission a success.