8,000 to 10,000 daily COVID-19 tests to start Tuesday – Galvez

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The Philippines will have a capacity to conduct 8,000 to 10,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests per day starting on Tuesday.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the national plan against COVID-19, cited Philippine Red Cross chairperson Richard Gordon who said that their testing center, which can conduct 10,000 tests per day, will be opening on Tuesday.

“Gusto nating magpasalamat kay Senator Gordon sa kanilang tulong para mapalakas ang ating testing capacity,” Galvez said in a live briefing.

“Sa pamamagitan ng testing center na ito, kaya na nating magsagawa ng 8,000 hanggang 10,000 na tests kada araw at uunahin natin ang NCR” Galvez said.

The Department of Health (DOH) aimed to conduct 8,000 to 10,000 COVID-19 tests by the end of April.

On Thursday, the DOG was reportedly able to process almost 4,000 samples.

Meanwhile, as of Friday, the Philippine has certified 17 COVID-19 testing centers.

“Bahagi ito ng mga hakbang ng pamahalaan upang palakasin ang ating kakayanang magsagawa ng expanded testing,” Galvez said.

Aside from this, Galvez said that the government will be acquiring 900,000 PCR and 2 million rapid test kits as well as other medical supplies and equipment.

According to Galvez, they are in the process of finalizing protocols for the use of rapid test kits after being ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kasalukuyan pong fina-finalize ang protocols ngayon sa technical level ng NTF COVID-19 ng tamang pag-gamit ng rapid test kits para sa mga close contacts ng mga persons under quarantine at para sa ating in-bound OFWs,” he said./Stacy Ang

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