President instructs increase in PCR tests amidst spike in coronavirus cases

President instructs increase in PCR tests amidst spike in coronavirus cases

President instructs increase in PCR tests amidst spike in coronavirus cases

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jul, 2020 | 12:35 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed authorities to step up PCR tests for COVID-19, amidst a surge in infections, as he remained upbeat about the current situation.

“Every possibility must be identified and subject to a PCR test,” the President told the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday.

He added that any individual who had come into contact with an affected patient must undergo quarantine.

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2663 on Tuesday, among which 1988 have recovered, while 11 have died, health ministry figures show.

“As a government, we carried out our duties in a proper manner,” President Rajapaksa said.

He pointed out that authorities have identified the hot spots for the spread of COVID-19, and that the appropriate steps have been taken.

“…we will face and overcome this challenge as well,” the President noted.

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