Health authorities have confirmed that they are facing a shortage of rapid antigen test kits in the country.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath noted that therefore only those with essential and urgent requirements should get tested for COVID-19.
Dr. Herath said although the supplies have not been halted altogether they are receiving only around 50,000 to 100,000 test kits in a batch.
He said suppliers are receiving only a limited number of test kits at present.
Dr. Hemantha Herath noted previously they received millions of test kits every few days but they are facing a shortage at present.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath also said the general public should be mindful when organizing and attending events with large gatherings since the country is still dealing with a health emergency.
Dr. Herath said since Sri Lanka has a large portion of literate and knowledgeable persons such remainders are not necessary.
He said despite that, they are compelled to issue notices as some individuals have forgotten that even if persons adhere to health guidelines and attend events, they could contract COVID-19.
Dr. Hemantha Herath said those attending public events should be mindful that if they contract COVID-19, they first infect their close contacts such as family members.
He said if an individual does not want to put the lives of their family members at risk, they should avoid large gatherings during the current climate.