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Sri Lanka blocks travel abroad for employment as coronavirus measures expand

Sri Lanka’s Bureau of Foreign Employment announced that it would be barring all travel abroad for employment, as the state enforced more restrictions in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.  

The announcement comes after the government said it was suspending its visa on arrival system for all foreign arrivals.

The Sri Lankan military is running two detention centres it has constructed, with the war crimes accused head of the army Shavendra Silva, calling on the public to “confide” in the army.

Anyone travelling from Italy, Iran or South Korea will be quarantined for 14 days, the government announced.

There are currently two patients in hospital diagnosed with the coronavirus, with a further 29 under observation.

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