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Notable surge in COVID cases due to delays in laboratories: Health DG

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The substantial rise in COVID-19 patients within a day exceeding 900 cases is due to delays caused in laboratories for the last five days when issuing PCR tests results, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardana said.

“We are now clearing the backlog created in labs in issuing PCR tests results and several other issues, he underlined.

“Accordingly, a total number of 900 plus COVID-19 cases can be reported in next couple of days as well if it is to clear the backlog,” he added.

He said once the backlog is cleared, the number of positive cases rate would return to normal. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Ama Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:50 PM

    What a nice explanation. If u look at the last few days numbers of cases for a day roughly 800. Then u mean it was more than that.

    Saras Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:54 PM

    You are absolutely right. Govt. Authorities must ensure that once the PCR test is done until the test report received they must be isolated until such time. This will greatly help to reduce the spread.

    Era Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:59 PM

    What is the normal infection and death rate according to you and your Master?

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 10 February 2021 10:17 PM

    An alibi for the increase in number of infections to keep his bosses happy.

    Stayed Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:34 AM

    He sounds very much like a Spin Doctor.

    Michael Ranasinghe Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:25 AM

    Oh so now the increase in Covid numbers is due to the delays in labs .. If these stupid statements were made in another country you guys would be dragged on the streets

    Nomads Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:53 AM

    Are these like central bank figures. When the number of PCR or RAT increased can we expect more fancy figures.

    Ajith thamboo Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:56 AM

    What a stupid explanation, delay or not positive case is counted. So this is the right explanation to the surge in the numbers.

    sympathizer Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:35 AM

    I am my Master's voice, public please sympathetically understand me because my retirement benefits solely depends on how I twist my tongue

    Ranaweera Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:49 AM

    I have seen the Covid numbers varying due to delays in releasing results in USA an Canada where it takes 1 to 4 days. Definitely the numbers reported in Sri Lanka too could be higher or lower. No one could definitely say the exact number due to testing issues. It is only a handful of countries where testing is currently being done at an acceptable level.

    CitizeN Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:07 AM

    Top people are there to correct poor situation. Are they incapable.

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 11 February 2021 12:28 PM

    I know you have to serve your political masters but get off your knees and do the right thing. Stop treating the people who pay your wages as idiots....we weren't born yesterday.


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