Daily coronavirus tests in Philippines exceed 6,000-mark

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 28 2020 07:43 PM

A health worker conducts a COVID-19 swab test on a fellow hospital employee at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 14, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Philippines is already conducting 6,320 tests daily for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday, as the country hopes to expand its testing capacity to 8,000 by end of April.

“Sa kasalukuyan, ang ating 19 na lisensiyadong COVID laboratories ay may pinagsamang testing capacity na aabot sa 6,320 tests kada araw,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised briefing.

(At present, our 19 licensed COVID laboratories have a combined testing capacity of 6,320 tests daily.)

“Ginagawa ng kagawaran ang lahat ng makakaya nito upang paigtingin pa natin ang ating testing capacity,” she added.

(The agency is doing all it can to increase our testing capacity.)

To boost the country’s testing capacity, the government is procuring additional equipment and supplies, hiring more health workers such as laboratory technicians, and fast-tracking the certification of COVID-19 laboratories, among others.

The following are the 19 certified COVID-19 testing laboratories:

  1. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
  2. Lung Center of the Philippines
  3. Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
  4. Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center
  5. Philippine Red Cross
  6. Southern Philippines Medical Center
  7. St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC
  8. UP National Institutes of Health
  9. Western Visayas Medical Center
  10. San Lazaro Hospital
  11. St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City
  12. Makati Medical Center
  13. Chinese General Hospital
  14. The Medical City
  15. Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  16. Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory
  17. V. Luna Hospital
  18. Philippine Genome Center
  19. Philippine Red Cross in Mandaluyong City

As of Monday, April 27, the Philippines has tested 84,738 individuals, of whom, 74,743 tested negative while 9,858 tested positive.

“Muli, lilinawin po natin na ang total positive tests ay maaaring mas mataas kaysa total confirmed cases dahil ito ay dumadaan pa sa case validation and processing,” Vergerie said.

To date, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country is 7,958, of whom 530 died while 975 recovered.