The substantial rise in COVID-19 patients within a day exceeding 900 cases is due to delays caused in laboratories for the last five days when issuing PCR tests results, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardana said.
“We are now clearing the backlog created in labs in issuing PCR tests results and several other issues, he underlined.
“Accordingly, a total number of 900 plus COVID-19 cases can be reported in next couple of days as well if it is to clear the backlog,” he added.
He said once the backlog is cleared, the number of positive cases rate would return to normal. (Sheain Fernandopulle)