The public must urgently take safety precautions to ward of the threat posed by the Coronavirus, the Epidemiological Unit of the Health Ministry has emphasised.
A Government Information Department communique lists the following :-
* Children, expectant mothers and elders should especially avoid places where large groups of people congregate, while others too should avoid frequenting congested areas,
* avoid people suffering from colds and fever, cover mouth with a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing,
* discard used tissues in a proper manner,
* wash hands regularly with soap or use germ killers like hand sanitizer and avoid touching the nose and face frequently.
Now countries the world over had paid great attention to this virus since patients affected by it had been reported from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
However, Chief Epidemiologist of the Health Ministry, Consultant Dr. Sudath Samaraweera had said people in Sri Lanka should not entertain any fears about this virus but it was advisable for them to take precautionary measures. The main symptoms of this disease are high fever, cough, cold, and respiratory difficulties.
He said preventive measures had also been taken at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake by installing Infrared Thermal Image Scanners at the Arrivals Terminal. If any tourist or other visitor is detected with these virus symptoms, he or she will be directed to the Infections Diseases hospital for further action. He said four patients with respiratory difficulties had already been referred to the IDH and they were kept under observation.
Among them is a Sri Lankan student, another Sri Lankan and two Chinese nationals.
They had not been identified as coronavirus patients so far.