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‘All individuals who pass away don’t require PCR tests’ – Chief Epidemiologist

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says all individuals who pass away in the country do not have to undergo PCR tests.

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera speaking at a media briefing today said according to the Director General of Health Services, conducting PCR tests on individuals who pass away in high risk areas or in quarantine centres would suffice.

He added if an individual passes away at a residence that is in an isolated area must also be subject to a PCR test.

Dr. Samaraweera stated that PCR tests on deceased individuals in other parts of the country must be carried out based on the determination of the Medical Officer of Health of the area.

Joining the media briefing Dr. Chithramali De Silva said all schools have been issued health guidelines by the Ministry of Education on the directives of the Ministry of Health, adding that therefore an unnecessary fear over schools reopening should not be created.

Dr. De Silva noted that schools cannot remain closed continuously adding that academics must be carried forward.

She however requested students and teachers in the Western Province to refrain from leaving for schools outside of the Province.

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