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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

Sri Lankan In Lebanon Are Safe

Colombo, 30 March, (

No reports of any Sri Lankans in Lebanon contracting coronavirus, Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne said.

Speaking over the telephone from Baabda, Sri Lankan Ambassador Karunaratne said that all Sri Lankans who had gone to Lebanon, most of them for employment, were safe and had not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have established hotlines in Sinhala, Tamil, English and Arabic, for our citizens based here to contact us in an emergency,"Karunaratne noted.

She said that the Embassy staff numbering 28, were working from both office and home and could be contacted in an emergency.

Official statistics indicate that Lebanon which has a population of around 6 million, has 391 Coronavirus cases, of which six had died as at yesterday.

Prior to her posting as Ambassador to Lebanon, Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne served as Deputy Ambassador to China for well over three years.

However, the virus, which surfaced in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to many countries and regions around the world, affecting a total of around 650,000 people and killing over 30,000.

- Asian Tribune -

Ambassador  Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne
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