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Change in methodology may show decline in COVID cases; but they are not actual- PHIs

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A drop in number of COVID-19 cases that could be witnessed in coming weeks will not portray as the actual decline in infections in the country, Public Health Inspectors Union claimed.

Union Head Upul Rohana told the Daily Mirror, according to a circular issued by the Director General of Health Services recently on quarantine measures, the first contacts of COVID patients, who end their quarantine period, will have to undergo an Antigen test whereas it was a PCR test earlier.

“The sensitivity of detection of the virus is lower in Antigen Tests than to a PCR test. Thus, there could be a decline in COVID cases in the future,

However, it is not an actual decline in the number of cases, but due to the change in the methodology,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Upul Rohana warned of a catastrophic situation in another two weeks due to negligent behaviour of the people with the release of travel restrictions.

“It is clearly visible that how people behave without properly adhering to health practices. We will witness the repercussions after two weeks,” he emphasized.

“We are of the opinion that the travel restrictions should have not been lifted, but continued until the end of this month,” Rohana added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • Joshua Tuesday, 22 June 2021 06:27 PM

    agree. Everything is managed artificially

    VJ Tuesday, 22 June 2021 07:15 PM

    If we don’t do any PCRs, we will have zero cases. Even with the number of tests conducted, the outcome is only a sample not the real number. Who does not understand this?

    nuwan Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:18 AM

    Pin padi types and vaccine thieves should keep your opinions to yourselves. The rest of the country does not get a salary from the government so we cant afford never ending lockdowns


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