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Sri Lanka suspends 72-hour PCR test requirements for departures

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has temporarily suspended the 72-hour PCR test prior to departures from the country due to laboratories being swamped with testing being conducted across the country to contain the new coronavirus wave in the country.

According to top officials in the Health Ministry laboratories are unable to issue PCR test results within 72-hours prior to embarkation therefore the ministry has decided to halt the procedure.

The 72-hour PCR report requirement was imposed on 18 October.

Sri Lanka is aggressively conducting contact tracing, quarantine, and PCR tests to contain the new wave.

So far the country has conducted 84,598 PCR tests in the Minuwangoda cluster up to date since the outbreak was identified on 3 October. And out of the 84,598 tests conducted, 84,239 results have been published so far.

Colombo, October 20, 2020

Reported by Mahadiya Hamza

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