Sri Lanka Coronavirus testing ramped up

Sri Lanka Coronavirus testing ramped up

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Sri Lanka is ramping up Coronavirus tests, with some persons who had been released from quarantine developing Covid-19 and others also being found in society without symptoms in a bid to clamp down on community transmission, officials said.

The entire battle against Coronavirus had been complicated by finding that patients could become positive up to 20 days after contact.

The Government Medical Officers Association has urged health authorities to boost Coronavirus tests to identify those who are not showing symptoms in a bid to close gaps in the country’s anti-Coronavirus battle.

Sri Lanka has conducted over 3,000 tests so far using the so-called PCR method, where the phlegm of a person is tested, but it is not being used enough, the GMOA said.

The group is also urging rapid tests, which detect antigens in blood of patients who show no symptoms.