Sri Lanka Temporarily Suspends Crew Change Amid COVID-19 Scare

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Sri Lankan government has decided to temporarily suspend any crew change for the foreign nationality seafarers. The decision was taken as 29 seafarers were tested positive for COVID-19. These seafarers were the part of a group of seafarers who arrived in Sri Lanka on June 22 via a charter flight from India.

Out of the 29 seafarers, 23 were Indian seafarers supposed to sign on, whereas 6 were Sri Lankan seafarers who signed off from India. The reports of another 5 seafarers are inconclusive.

The seafarers with confirmed reports were taken to a special COVID-19 hospital for the treatment. They are kept in isolation under doctors’ observation.

Questions are being raised on the labs responsible for testing, as recently Sri Lankan government gave the contract for COVID-19 testing to the Private labs.

Presently, Sri Lanka has asked the responsible firms and companies to cancel any impending air movements even if they were earlier approved.

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