Though the COVID-19 situation has not yet reached the ‘fully controlled status’, the situation has relatively come under control, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today.
He told the Daily Mirror that nowadays, the country reported around 200 COVID cases while it was around 800 sometime ago.
“If we analyse the trend, there is a control status at present though the situation is not fully under control."
Meanwhile, the Chief Epidemiologist told a media conference at the Health Promotion Bureau that the decrease in PCR tests was due to a lesser number of first contacts and added they were not hiding data related to COVID-19
He said conducting lesser amounts of PCR tests deliberately means committing suicide.
“We have not decreased the number of PCR tests. We have to bring down the number of PCR tests due to lesser amount of first contacts,” he said.
However, Dr Samaraweera said they had not decreased the number of random PCR tests in the country.
“We have been able to identify patients following random PCR. This becomes evident with the patients detected from the Jaffna area. We were able to prevent it from leading to a bigger cluster,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said they would be conducting antigen tests targeting employees leaving the economic zones during the festive season.
“This will be done to prevent the COVID virus from spreading to the villages,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)