Visayas eyes mass COVID-19 testing, braces for 'worst-case' scenario: Duterte adviser

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 01:28 PM

MANILA- The central Philippines is preparing for the "worst-case scenario" in the COVID-19 pandemic, Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino said Tuesday as more cases of the disease emerge across the country.

Visayas is gearing for mass testing as it receives additional donations of 50,000 test kits, Dino said.

"We are preparing for the worst-case scenario na in case COVID-19 worsens, we are prepared," he added.

Visayas currently has 40,000 test kits, half of which was donated by the Cebu City government to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center that has the capacity to run COVID-19 tests.

The remaining 20,000 was donated by the Christina Lee Dino foundation and by Manila casino junket operator Kim Wong, Dino said.

Several local government units in Visayas have imposed lockdowns after the national government quarantined Luzon to control the spread of COVID-19.

More people are expected to be tested for COVID-19 after the health department announced that it could now run 1,000 tests a day from the previous daily average of 300.

As of Monday, the Philippines has a total of 1,546 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 78 deaths and 42 recoveries.