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COLOMBO (Citizen) - Media Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara says that the reports that PCR tests are very painful is untrue. He expressed these views while participating in a TV program last night (October 14).

“Millions of PCR tests have been conducted globally. This test is not something that is very painful. The reason I’m saying this is because I myself underwent PCR testing. There is some discomfort - even if we insert a coconut fiber into the nose there will be some discomfort, but it is not unbearable. This is not something you should be afraid of. It’s a very simple procedure. I actually underwent the test to see for myself if it is actually so painful and not because I felt I might have the disease. I sampled the PCR test….” he stated. 

“The main reason why we can say that this disease has not entered the community is because we can determine where these patients went. When patients are found, we can determine who they came into contact with and identify the root of how the persons they came into contact with had contracted the disease. If we can connect them to the 33rd cluster, we can still determine how the patient got infected. This is the criteria of the Epidemiology Unit. At the moment there is no community spread of the COVID-19 cluster. There are only about 1660 patients from this cluster, but there has been no need to admit even one person to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from this cluster. There isn’t a single patient with COVID-19 who is currently in the ICU at the moment, ” he further stated. 

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