The Government Nursing Officers’ Association says the government is not keen on tracking down all coronavirus infected individuals in the country by increasing testing.
Speaking to media, President of the Union Saman Rathnapriya said through data released by the Epidemiology Unit it is evident that the number of PCR and Rapid Antigen tests conducted daily has been decreased despite a lockdown.
Rathnapriya noted that on the 19th of August before the lockdown was imposed, nearly 28,500 tests including 22,290 PCR tests were conducted but by the 27th of August the number of tests conducted daily to detect COVID infections had come down to 22,500.
He said despite the reduction in tests, the country has confirmed 30,625 new infections in a week.
He said it is a dangerous situation as some countries took strict measures to contain the spread after detecting only 23 new infections and in some cases just one new infection.
Saman Rathnapriya said they have always accused the authorities of not being keen on detecting all coronavirus cases in the country.
He said at least now the government should resort to a scientific approach to end the crisis before it further deteriorates.