150,000 PCR tests conducted on only 40,000 people, states Epidemiology Unit

150,000 PCR tests conducted on only 40,000 people, states Epidemiology Unit

31 July 2020 09:30 am

Despite huge figures in the number of PCR tests conducted on people, it does not suggest that the figures are as same as the number of people whom were referred to them, Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said.

Accordingly, over 150,000 PCR tests have been conducted on only about 40,000 people up to this point, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera of the Unit revealed.   

"We continue to conduct PCR tests in the society on identifying whether there are missed patients from the society. Our arrangements stand for conducting these tests according to a certain plan and proportion to the population. Accordingly, we will continue to collect random samples through every medical officer of health division within a month's period.

That way, we hope to conduct at least 37,000 PCR tests in Sri Lanka on a monthly basis. In addition, PCR tests are on due schedule to be conducted for high risk areas in the soceity as well.

Also, over 150,000 PCR tests have been conducted this far. But 150,000 do not stand for the number of people whom were referred. There are repeated tests on the same person. Also, several PCR tests are done in a continous manner once a patient is identified and before one is discharged from hospital. The figures stand for the whole. 

But, more than 40,000 people from the society have been referred to PCR tests. And these would be conducted on a larger scale from next month," he said, speaking to press on Thursday (30).