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AMS concerned over new PCR regulations for tourists

Further to the Government’s decision to allow tourists into the country without a Covid-19 PCR test, the Association of Medical Specialists have shown concern and appealed to the President to reconsider the decision.

In the letter addressed to Director General of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardena, members of the Association of Medical Specialists stated that a lot of funds were set aside for the construction of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) PCR facility, whereas that became non-functional after just 3 days.

As a professional organisation, the medical experts condemned the decision to allow tourists into the country with a two-dose vaccination card and negative PCR test prior to departure, stating that many erroneous PCR tests and vaccination cards have been recorded in other developed countries as well.

Furthermore, they voiced concern over dangerous variants which might enter into the country, which will destroy the hard- earned control over the pandemic in Sri Lanka.

In concluding, the experts appealed to the President to re-consider such decisions and make further decisions considering the safety of the nation as the utmost priority.