The Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists claims that certain politicians and officers of the Epidemiology Unit have requested the government to reduce testing to identify Covid-19 positive patients.
Speaking to media in Colombo, President of the Association Ravi Kumudesh said the situation in Sri Lanka will deteriorate rapidly, if such propositions are implemented.
Therefore, he urged authorities to increase testing and also continue to direct asymptomatic cases towards self-isolation.
Kumudesh stressed that more than 80% of people can manage the disease without the support of the government and authorities.
However, he requested that health authorities continue testing, since infected individuals could still be a carrier of the disease.
Kumudesh also said other countries have quarantined factory workers within respective buildings and are allowing them to work if they are asymptomatic.
The President of the Association claimed that this was the new normal.
He also pointed out that imposing lockdown without a comprehensive plan would yield necessary results.
Kumudesh said the current unplanned approach would result in the country needing five lockdowns to curb the rapid increase of infections instead through a single one.