The Public Health Inspectors Union says the risk of COVID-19 will further intensify if large groups of tourists are allowed entry to Sri Lanka daily, without a stringent monitoring mechanism.
Chairman of the PHI Union Upul Rohana said a majority of tourists arriving in the island daily are Indians.
Rohana called for an immediate mechanism to be introduced in order to streamline the flow of tourists.
He noted that three flights landed in Sri Lanka yesterday all carrying Indian nationals adding that from Sri Lanka they travel to Middle Eastern countries on tourist visas.
While acknowledging that Sri Lanka should derive an income through the tourism industry, Upul Rohana questioned as to who directs such tour groups to undergo quarantine measures.
He noted that health units, Medical Officers of Health and the Sri Lanka Army are not involved in the quarantine nor monitoring process.
Rohana claimed such tour groups directly work through their agents and the Sri Lanka Tourism Board.
The PHI Chairman stated where the groups travel, their itineraries and the number of days in their stay are not known information, adding it is unsafe.
Upul Rohana claimed the South African COVID variant entering the country cannot be prevented under such circumstances.
He noted that the Delta variant is suspected to have entered the country through a foreign source. He stated despite bio bubbles being and other guidelines being introduced, they are not being enforced in a stringent manner.
Upul Rohana said the Delta variant also entered the country amidst the enforcement of such tight restrictions.