March 17, 2020 / 9:33 AM / 15 days ago

Sri Lanka bans all incoming flights for two weeks to combat coronavirus - government spokesman

Security officials wear masks at Bandaranaike International Airport after Sri Lanka confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, in Katunayake, Sri Lanka January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Tuesday said it will ban all incoming flights for two weeks from 1830 GMT on Wednesday to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Flights already in the air will be allowed to land and passengers to disembark, said Mohan Samaranayake, a spokesman for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Reporting by Waruna Karunatilake, writing by Alasdair Pal; editing by John Stonestreet

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