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Positive rate surges past 7% for the first time: GMOA

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After the detection of 878 COVID-19 positive cases yesterday, the positive cases rate has crossed 7.2% mark for the first time in Sri Lanka, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said.

Addressing the media GMOA Editor Dr. Haritha Aluthge said 12,145 PCR tests were carried out yesterday.

"The COVID positive rate was at 3% before January and became 6% in January and now it has gone passed 7% within a few days," he said.

"Every PCR test done in the country reveal nearly 7 - 8 COVID-19 positive patients on daily basis. The 3% rate was recorded following 100 PCR tests conducted in the country before January," he said.

However, the positive case rate has surged past 7% and the country is heading towards a dangerous scenario, he said.

However, we have failed to control the spreading of virus to other districts, and we should keep in mind to figure out our failures and act fast to control the rapidly spreading virus, Dr. Aluthge added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Nadi Karunaratne Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:11 PM

    Perhaps there is community spread? What do you think?

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:30 PM

    This will help further because we have to let the tourists enjoy our country.

    Bernard Tuesday, 09 February 2021 06:58 PM

    Based on an average casualty rate of 8 per day, by the time any vaccination is administered to the prioritized people, the number of people succumbed to COVID-19 could be hypothesized.


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