‘COVID-19 can be on any surface in Colombo’ – Dr. Hemantha Herath

Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath says the coronavirus can be prevalent on any surface in the Colombo city and surrounding areas.

Speaking at a media briefing Dr. Herath said although a COVID-19 cluster was identified linked to the Peliyagoda Fish Market and the public has raised concerns over the consumption of fish, there is no need to worry about consuming fish cooked in the appropriate manner.

He added however the virus may be present on any surface, especially in the Colombo city and surrounding areas, under the prevailing situation.

Dr. Herath stressed the virus may be present on fish and other goods at the market, adding that its spread may be prevented by washing the goods in a stringent manner and washing hands after touching such items.

On a separate note, Prisons Health Services Director Dr. Priyantha Atapattu commenting on the PCR testing machine of the Colombo East Base Hospital said from virus media transfers, to extraction, refrigerating and PCR machine reads, many steps go into PCR assessments.

Joining the media briefing he said more than 40-45 steps are followed pertaining to PCR testing, adding it is not an easy task no matter the number of PCR machines.

He claimed that a fully-fledged PCR machine was brought to the Colombo East Base Hospital adding that such machines owing to its excessive use must be serviced.

Dr. Atapattu claimed that the company in charge replaced the machine with two backup machines, until servicing is complete.

He stated that while the machine has not malfunctioned, it is in the stage of being serviced and charged that various interpretations are being made when incidents of this nature occurs.

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