Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sri Lanka suspends Buddhist pilgrimage visits to India over COVID-19

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday suspended Buddhist pilgrimage tours to India in view of the coronavirus outbreak, saying these trips are mostly undertaken by elderly people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

"A majority who go on these trips are elderly people who would be vulnerable to the threat from Coronavirus," Dr Anil Jasinghe, the Director General of Health Services said.

The religious tour, popularly known as ''Dambadiva Vandana'', involves trips to Buddhist shrines in Bodhgaya, Varanasi and Sarnath in India and Lumbini in Nepal.

The Lankan government''s move is part of a host of precautionary measures following the virus outbreak which include, the Sri Lankan Airlines suspending flights to China and Saudi Arabia indefinitely and all passengers coming from South Korea, Iran and Italy being sent to quarantine centres in the Eastern province.
09/03/20 PTI/Outlook
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