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

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    Published: 2020-03-17 15:59:22 BdST

A conductor wears a protective mask as he stands next to a train at Fort railway station, as the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country increased, in Colombo, Sri Lanka Mar 17, 2020. 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.