Permission granted to conduct Rapid Antigen tests
Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has given the approval to conduct Rapid Antigen testing on a selected group of persons from today (18).
The difference between PCR tests and Rapid Antigen tests
PCR tests take a number of hours or days, following laboratory procedures; however, a Rapid Antigen Test would only take a maximum of 30 minutes, making a quicker diagnosis and tracing possible.
According to the World Health Organisation, these tests are reliable and are easy to administer.
Sri Lanka has imported over 200,000 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (ARDT) kits which were imported on 4 November, and another 800,000 kits are scheduled to arrive later.