Bandaranaike international airport officials wears masks as they direct tourists after they went through a temperature scanner following the new coronavirus outbreak in China, at Bandaranaike international airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lankan health authorities have taken preemptive measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the island through infected visitors and installed elevated body temperature screening machines at country’s airports and seaports.

According to media reports, Chinese authorities have urged people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of the new virus outbreak that has killed over 17 people.

Earlier this week, China also confirmed that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place. Sri Lanka is yet to report any cases but all possible precautionary measures are currently in place, according to health authorities.