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JKH offers Trinco Blu as quarantine centre

Business News: John Keells Holdings has offered the 81-room Trinco Blu by Cinnamon in the east as a centre for quarantine to the Government if the need arises.

JKH Chairman Krishan Balendra has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa making this offer as part of the broader public-private sector collaborative effort to mitigate the spread of new coronavrius in the country.

JKH became the third corporate today to announce willingness to temporarily release hotels for quarantine purposes.

Earlier Hemas Holdings Plc offered the 154-room Club Hotel Dolphin in Negombo and Citrus Leisure offered its 150-room resort in Waskaduwa for the same purpose.

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) said its members had agreed to offer their facilities to house those who are subject to two weeks of quarantine at remote locations as well as medical staff who are unable to get home after work.

Five more persons have been confirmed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) today, bringing the total to 77, according to the Health Promotion Bureau.

In addition, there are 245 persons suspected of infection in hospitals.

In 17 dedicated quarantine centres, there are 2,738 persons of whom 30 are foreigners. Several thousands who had returned from overseas are also engaged in self-quarantine in their homes as per the Government directive.