Singapore to send COVID-19 test kits, machine, says DFA's Locsin

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2020 02:05 PM

MANILA — Singapore is sending the Philippines some 3,000 test kits and a machine for the novel coronavirus detection, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said Sunday. 

In a tweet, Locsin thanked Singapore for donating testing kits and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine. He did not mention when the aid package will arrive in Manila. 

"Singapore is DONATING 3,000 COVID test kits and one PCR machine. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Memoing the President about this right now. I'm a bit tired," he wrote.

The Philippine government has sought to boost its supply of test kits, masks and protective equipment amid increasing cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. 

China's donation of 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment arrived in Manila early Saturday. 

As of Sunday, Health authorities said the Philippines has 380 cases and 25 deaths from COVID-19. 

President Rodrigo Duterte placed Luzon under lockdown until April 12 to arrest the coronavirus spread, limiting the movement of people. 

He has also placed the entire Philippines under a state of calamity to give the national and local governments access to critical quick response funds.