The opposition has questioned the rationale behind allowing the South African National Cricket team to visit the country at a time a new coronavirus variant has emerged from that country.
Speaking during a media briefing today, Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala said specialists and the World Health Organization have raised serious concerns about the new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa.
He questioned whether adequate steps have been taken to prevent the variant from entering the country.
MP Alawathuwala said decisions pertaining to allowing foreign nationals entering the country should be taken after a detailed discussion.
He said a similar incident happened when the Delta variant was spreading in India.
MP Alawathuwala noted that when Delta variant was spreading in India, Indian nationals were forced to quarantine in another country for 14 days to enter Middle Eastern countries.
He said during that time period, Sri Lanka allowed Indian nationals to undergo quarantine in the country.
Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala claimed that the move led to the rapid spread of the Delta variant in Sri Lanka.
He said therefore the government should listen to the advice of health experts before making any decisions.