155 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country today.
04 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in the country today raising the death toll to 511.
6,713 doses of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine have been administered today. A total of 743,775 have been vaccinated.
The health officials have decided to slash the number of PCR tests. Firstly, the general public have shown resistance toward getting PCR tests done due to the fear of quarantine. Further, the same set of healthcare workers used to conduct PCR tests (public health inspectors and medical officers of health), are being used to administer vaccinations.
The Chief Medical Officer of the CMC stated that PCR tests are continuing to be carried out on first contacts and high-risk groups.
He also stated that a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine costs LKR 2,000 while a PCR test costs LKR 8,000.