These machines have been brought in to increase the daily capacity of PCR tests to 7500.
However, reports from the Ministry of Health reveal that 10,000 tests can be performed daily in 20 laboratories equipped with PCR machines owned by the Ministry.
The highest number of tests can be done at the Colombo East Base Hospital and it is reported that the number is 1000.
However, it is said that 3,894 tests are currently being performed daily.
It is reported that these machines have been brought after the completion of the procurement process.
The Ministry states that immediate action will be taken to get the machines released.