The Guideline for the use of COVID-19 Antigen-Rapid Diagnostic Test in the control of COVID-19 transmission and management which has been developed by the Ministry of Health is now recommended to use in the state sector health institutes and public health outbreak management work.

Ag-RDT is strongly recommended to be used in the teaching hospitals, tertiary level special care institutes, provincial hospitals and district general hospitals, essentially under the guidance and supervision of a microbiologist or a virologist available onsite.

Further review of the guideline will take place with information gathered thought ongoing usage and evidence.

The guideline is annexed herewith, and you are kindly requested to disseminate the said guideline in view of facilitating Ag-RDT in specified clinical settings.

Dr Asela Gunawardena,

Director General of Health Services

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