A program has been launched to check the number of Chinese working on large-scale projects in the country to find out if the coronavirus has been infected.
Deputy Director General of Health Ministry Dr. Paba Palihawadana said that doctors and health inspectors have been deployed for this purpose.
They will visit the project sites and inform the Chinese about the new coronavirus and if they find the Chinese with symptoms, they will be promptly treated.
Dr. Paba Palihawadana said a large number of Chinese were working in Colombo and several other areas and the health department was very concerned about them.
She added that if suspicious patients are found, they will be quarantined.
Meanwhile, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera stated that seven persons are currently receiving treatment at the Angoda National Infectious Disease Center, in addition to the Chinese woman who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Director of the Borella Medical Research Institute Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara stated that the institute has received two samples to check for the virus.
The results will be released today, he added.
Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration and Emigration has forbidden the granting of visas to people in three Chinese cities.
The three cities are Wuhan, Huanghang and Esu.
The Department of Immigration and Emigration states that people from 53 other cities in China must apply for visas before arriving in Sri Lanka.
The health department said that the identification of coronavirus infected persons has been expanded at the airport.