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3.5c pct of 50,336 Minuwangoda PCR tests came back positive: officials

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has conducted 50,336 PCR tests so far in the Minuwangoda cluster and so far only 1,791 COVID-19 infections, or 3.56 per cent, have been found, the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said.

Almost two weeks after the first coronavirus patient of the Divulapitiya cluster was found on 03 October, the number of patients reported from the Minuwangoda cluster has increased to 1,791, with 68 new positive cases being identified today (16) out which 1,041 are employees of Brandix and 750 are their close contacts.

Sri Lankan military and health officials have been aggressively contact-tracing, quarantining, and conducting PCR’s to curb the infection spread.

The country is able to conduct around 4,000 PCR tests at once, officials said, adding that the health ministry is looking to increase the testing capacity. There is also demand for PCR tests in the Free Trade Zones (FTZ).

Naval operational rooms were also been set up in the Biyagama and Katunayake FTZs to conduct PCR tests inside the respective zones, enabling all factory workers to undergo PCR tests free of charge as another alternative arrangement to cut down the rush for such tests, NOCPOC said. (COLOMBO/Oct16/2020)


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