In view of the rising number of the novel coronavirus cases globally, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 17 March suspended all international flights arriving in the country.The deadly virus, which originated in China in December last year, has spread to 155 countries, infected 182,406 people and claimed 7,154 lives, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus tracker.Sri Lanka so far has 29 confirmed coronavirus cases.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office said, "a decision has been made to suspend all international flights arriving in the country with effect from 1500 hours on Tuesday due growing threat of the spread of the coronavirus."Coronavirus Is a ‘Controllable Pandemic,’ Says WHO ChiefThe government also extended the public holiday till 19 March to prevent the spread of the virus across the country. Earlier, it was declared for 16 March.Although the state offices will remain closed, essential services such as food supplies and banks will continue to function, the information department said.The doctors’ trade union has urged the president to order a complete lockdown of the country in order to facilitate the prevention operations.The government also announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, who is the chief of the Army, to head the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19. The Army is already in charge of the quarantine Centers where the suspected cases are kept under observation.Certified Pvt Labs to Be Allowed to Conduct Tests for Coronavirus We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.