PCR tests to be doubled

By Skandha Gunasekara
Health authorities are in the midst of making arrangements to increase the number of daily PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests being carried out by at least twofold.

Ministry of Health (MoH) Health Services Deputy Director General Dr. Paba Palihawadana said that it was crucial to increase the number of daily tests.

“We hope to increase the current daily PCR test number by twofold at least,” she said.

She noted that with the Government’s plans to reopen the country for tourism, it was even more important that the number of tests were increased.
“We certainly have the capacity to increase the number of daily PCR tests,” she noted.

Dr. Palihawadana said that at present, around 2,200-2,300 PCR tests were being carried out on a daily basis.
By Skandha Gunasekara