Rapid antigen testing: In areas with few positive cases

A special programme to conduct Random Rapid Antigen Tests (RRATs) in Colombo, especially in areas where no or few Covid-19 patients have been reported, has been launched by the health authorities, according to Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni.

He told The Morning that under the new programme, random tests would be conducted targeting low-income settlements, low and middle-income high rises, marketplaces, bus drivers, three-wheeler drivers, and elder’s homes.


“If we get one or two positive tests in an area where the random tests are being conducted, that entire area would be subjected to PCR testing,” Dr. Wijemuni said.

He said the programme is effective and as a result of random testing, they were able to uncover the recent cases at an elder’s home where around 45 Covid-19-positive cases were reported.