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GMOA calls for increased testing to confirm that there is no community transmission of COVID 19

ECONOMYNEXT – The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) is calling on the government to increase random testing for COVID 19 among the general public to get a better estimate as to whether the disease is spreading in the community.

The association says that its members are concerned that there could be a second wave of the disease, although the government insists that there is no community spread of the virus.

However in order that this is confirmed it is imperative that the government carries out at least 68,000 random tests, a media release from the GMOA said.

“These tests must cover the whole country,” the statement said.

It added that the GMOA had made a formal request for testing to the Secretary to the Ministry of Health.

The doctors also said that a discussion has been started about restarting the tourist industry by admitting foreign tourists to the country from August.

The Association is warning that strict protocols would have to be observed to admit tourists.

It said that it will appoint a committee of its members in the next two weeks to make recommendations in this regard to the government. (Colombo, June 30, 2020)