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Cabinet nod to increase PCR test frequency

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The Cabinet has endorsed a proposal to increase the PCR test frequency and increase the number of hospital beds by 3000 to treat Covid patients, a Minister said.

Co-Cabinet spokesman and Plantation Minister Ramesh Pathirana told the weekly Cabinet press conference that the government has identified the need of increasing the number of PCR tests per day.

“We currently do 20,000 tests a day. The Health Minister sought the approval to increase the facilities to carry out more testing and the approval was given,” he said.

Also, he said that there are reports of exhaustion of hospital beds dedicated to treat Covid patients. (Kelum Bandara)


  Comments - 5

  • friendfriend Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:06 AM

    Enforce a lock down. There will be a complete medical breakdown If the govt doesn't take action. People need to live first.

    Chux Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:42 AM

    What kind of leadership is this waited nearly one and half years to increase the hospital beds and pcr tests

    PCR test pass... Tuesday, 04 May 2021 11:53 AM

    20,000 balls they do a day. even if so, yesterday they say it takes 4-5days for results to come in. then increase pcr tests and we'll be fighting corona even in 2050..waiting for results of sad. we all like to think positive but its just not on with these cabinet of donkeys.

    Vernon Weerasinghe Tuesday, 04 May 2021 02:48 PM

    What happened to the quick test to diagnose Corona, that was supposed to have been developed by a University, although it appeared to be a Canadian product.

    DA Tuesday, 04 May 2021 03:55 PM

    extensive testing for covid-19 is the only way to "flatten the curve" at the moment.

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