20 January 2020 – Quarantine Unit of the Bandaranaike International Airport to screen passengers

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Immigration, Tourism
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health (decision-maker), Quarantine Unit of the Bandaranaike International Airport (implementer)

Overview: Ministry of Health informs Quarantine Unit of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to screen passengers arrive with symptoms of coronavirus.

Airport Health Officer Dr. D.R. Perera confirmed that screening of symptomatic passengers from Wuhan had been taking place at the BIA premises for the past two weeks.

Any passenger identified with the symptoms of the Corona viruses (CoV) is to be admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) and samples of the patient are sent to the Medical Research Institute of Colombo.
Full details here: http://www.dailynews.lk/2020/01/20/local/208890/bia-quarantine-unit-screen-passengers-symptoms

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government, National – other, National medical research experts
Evidence/Justification: Per WHO recommendations and health alerts.