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Don’t play Russian Roulette with people’s lives


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Says Dr. Ravindra Rannan-Eliya, Executive Director at Institute of Health Policy SL


Drawing concerns about the new COVID-19 outbreak in Minuwangoda, Dr. Ravindra Rannan-Eliya, Executive Director at Institute of Health Policy warns that an undetected imported case would always give rise to a second wave.   

An internationally renowned medical researcher Dr. Rannan-Eliya further said that in order to keep the country safe, we have to assume that cases will slip through and then cause hidden outbreaks that over the period of weeks could grow to number several hundreds.   

Don’t play Russian Roulette with people’s lives, warn medics

“Testing people randomly in the community is a complete waste of time. Hong Kong tests all patients at its OPD with these symptoms, plus others at private GP clinics. Other countries like Australia and New Zealand actively encourage people with coughs and colds, or even a “scratchy throat” to get tested,” he added.   

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