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-In order to prevent Covid-19 spreading to outside Western Province during the festive season 

-Tests would be carried out on random individuals 

-Testing would be carried out in three locations in the Province

Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) would be conducted on the passengers crossing the borders of the Western Province with effect from today (18) 8.00 a.m. until further notice to prevent Covid-19 spread to outside the Western Province during the forthcoming festive season, informed sources confirmed last night.

According to a letter to Provincial Director of Health Services (Western Province) it stated that the testing would be carried out to identify risk of passengers in three locations in the Province and also to prevent the virus from spreading to other districts.

The sources said the tests would be carried out on random individuals.

The process will be facilitated by the police. In addition, respective Regional Directors of Health Services must deploy their teams to the following locations to carry out Antigen tests.

1.         Nittambuwa along the Kandy-Colombo Road

2.         Salawa, Kosgama along Avissawella-Colombo Road

3.         Katunayake along Colombo-Chilaw Road

The Ministry said the decision had been taken under a directive of Director General of Health Services.

Earlier, Army Commander Shavendra Silva also said that RAT would be conducted targeting people traveling especially to upcountry areas during the upcoming festive season.(Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • Lol Friday, 18 December 2020 12:34 AM

    AT LAST SOMEONE OPENED THE EYES. PRECAUTIONS TO BE CARRIED OUT TILL END OF MARCH 2021

    Liyana Friday, 18 December 2020 07:22 AM

    "Tests carried out on a random basis "

    R J Dasa Friday, 18 December 2020 07:35 AM

    Some one is making maoney

    Honeya Friday, 18 December 2020 08:32 AM

    I thought everything was tickety-boo after Pavithra, Sudharsheni and the speaker stated drinking the syrup.

    Lion Friday, 18 December 2020 09:24 AM

    All these precautions will become hollow in front pohottuwa politicians and their cronies .

    selvakumar Friday, 18 December 2020 05:29 AM

    It's Antigen test only doings enter to Colombo district time ???

    selvakumar Friday, 18 December 2020 06:19 AM

    cornavirus wasting everybody's time???,

    Sokrates Friday, 18 December 2020 06:57 AM

    Useless, do not let people travel out of the Western Province.

    M.M.M.Izzeth Friday, 18 December 2020 07:21 AM

    What about Sauth,

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 18 December 2020 07:34 AM

    Good decision but correct me if I am wrong but Katunayake is not the border of the Western Province .. The Thoppuwa Bridge is where the border is..

    Mm Friday, 18 December 2020 09:23 AM

    So can go to Galle without an issue ?

    Siribiris Friday, 18 December 2020 10:20 AM

    Which means all are not checking. If so whats the point?

    Sando Friday, 18 December 2020 11:15 AM

    Good move. Only separatists oppose what Government is implementing......

    Harini Dias Bandaranayake Friday, 18 December 2020 11:19 AM

    Random testing? Is this something to play a game of probabilies with? It only takes one to be a superspreader right? It's illogical.

    Sivasoma Friday, 18 December 2020 11:37 AM

    Wnat about Jaffna,Trinco, Batti and Amparai? Why no tests?

    Sri Lankan Friday, 18 December 2020 12:24 PM

    Idiocy at its best.

    Sita Friday, 18 December 2020 01:04 PM

    Antigen Man got more business.


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