Avatar Centre for Policy Alternatives on 27 April, 2020

COVID 19 Testing Report

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Despite the best efforts of health workers on the frontlines in combatting the virus thus far, recent increases in the number of cases demonstrate that the public health crisis presented by COVID-19 is far from averted.

This report will illustrate the importance of high levels of testing in formulating an effective response, as we attempt to phase out of lockdown. It explores the various factors influencing the testing process in the Sri Lankan context and suggests ways that testing capacity and coverage may be increased. It will also highlight issues of confidentiality, media ethics and the use of state power with regard to testing; examining how the protection of individual rights does not hinder, but instead facilitates the achievement of positive public health outcomes.

Download the report as a PDF here.