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Chinese technical experts, who have been rushed to Sri Lanka, have identified the technical fault of the malfunctioning PCR testing machine at the Base Hospital in Mulleriyawa. After a 10-hour operation the experts concluded that the machine would able to resume operation on Monday, the Chinese embassy said.

An unstable desk may be the reason for the malfunctioning of the machine, the embassy said in a tweet this evening. "A few rounds of verification to be run for 100% sure,” the embassy tweeted. 

The embassy also stated that a new laboratory was built at the Base Hospital, Mulleriyawa in June, on an urgent basis, with the technical support from the Chinese government.

To date, some 26,000 tests had been carried out at this laboratory. The Laboratory at the Mulleriyawa Base Hospital, dedicated for Covid-19 testing was built at a cost Rs. 246 mn, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

Earlier, hospital authorities confirmed that although the machine malfunctioned they still managed to carry out some 200 to 300 tests per day in the lab manually. It noted that when the machine is fully functional it can carry out some 500 tests every 12 hours.

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  • Lion Sunday, 01 November 2020 09:42 AM

    Hope it will not be like norochchole

    lion Sunday, 01 November 2020 09:50 AM

    For how long ?

    Konde Bandappu Cheennu Sunday, 01 November 2020 09:58 AM

    Chinese technical experts

    Premalal. Perera Sunday, 01 November 2020 10:18 AM

    The Chinese virus was great but the test equipment not so.

    Resde Aswe Sunday, 01 November 2020 12:38 PM

    Chinese embassy running the country

    Sambo Sunday, 01 November 2020 05:25 PM

    Made in China broken is Sri Lanka.

    P R Kumaran Sunday, 01 November 2020 10:30 PM

    Who is running our country today? Chinese Embassy or Army Commander?


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