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A group of medical specialists is currently reviewing the quality of the Antigen Based Rapid Diagnostic Test, which is to be introduced to Sri Lanka as a replacement for PCR testing, Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

He told media today that the expert team was conducting research to ascertain which group of people with the virus should be subjected to Antigen Test. They would also study any harmful effects consequent to the testing.

“We hope that the expert team would be ready with the results of the quality control by this weekend,” Dr Samaraweera said.

“With the introduction of the new testing system, results could be delivered within a shorter period of time than PCR testing. It requires no big machines unlike those used for PCR testing,” he added.

Dr Samaraweera said the new system was known to be very productive and effective in detecting Covid cases within a lesser period of time.

However, it is yet be identified if the new system is viable in Sri Lanka,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Esther Cohen, Europe Friday, 06 November 2020 07:46 PM

    Good news. Here in Europe at the end of November hospitalworkers, teachers etc can be tested at work and will get the result in 15 minutes. Hopefully this will happen in Sri Lanka too.

    Sri Wickrema Friday, 06 November 2020 08:27 PM

    A large stock of Antigen test kits were already brought down according to certain media reports. This is something like putting the cart before the horse. Who will guarantee the results ? People will have to bear everything ultimately.

    FF Friday, 06 November 2020 08:35 PM

    WE SHOULD HAVE GOT DOWN A SAMPLE AND FIRST TESTED QUALITY CONTROL AND AFTER THAT TO PLACE THE ORDER. IF THEY FAIL QC WHAT WILL THE GOVT DO????

    BigEars Friday, 06 November 2020 09:04 PM

    The tender was called and proposal submitted and now the good are with the agent ( A TV channel). This man is a joker beats the yellow fancy dress crowd.

    Moorthy Badulla Friday, 06 November 2020 09:17 PM

    Better to purchase some measuring tapes too.They will be dual purpose-measuring distance between people at public transports and measuring the coconuts.

    Ramasamy Friday, 06 November 2020 10:25 PM

    Pls, check if this works with the parents of the corona virus(chinese fellows).

    Dee Saturday, 07 November 2020 08:47 PM

    The FOB if this is less than 4$ / unit. True , pharma's make good money. But this much?

    dickie bird Saturday, 07 November 2020 08:57 PM

    A large stock of Antigen test kits were already brought down according to certain media reports. how come these were brought even before confirming palatability??? Who was behind this Move Mr. president / Pavithra

    ghry Saturday, 07 November 2020 10:41 PM

    Do not take the fake attention


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