Local News: total of 36,605 PCR tests to identify COVID-19 infected persons had been performed in Sri Lanka by May 10 so far. Health Services Director-General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said a total of 1282 PCR Tess completed on May 10th and another 1424 PCR tests done on May 9th.
Bringing COVID-19 is impractical at this time, according to Dr. Jasinghe, due to the non-availability of a vaccine, a particular medication to be administered, the movements of people all over the world. What can be done and what is needed is to monitor it without causing it to become an issue of public health. Sri Lanka did this with success.
Dr. Jasinghe pointed out that it takes a minimum of 14 days from the date the last COVID-19 patient was reported from a particular area to declare the area free. Still in the District of Colombo, there is one cluster (Navy) and several lock-down zones.
Re-opening the districts of Colombo and Gampaha will take some more time. Hereafter, decisions on COVID-19 are made after having considered many details, in particular the population density of the relevant area.
Dr. Jasinghe stressed that it is much easier to manage COVID-19 in rural areas than in urban areas because of the low population density. COVID-19 power in Sri Lanka now lies in the hands of health authorities thanks to the country’s wide-spread Public Health Service Network.