Manila opens free walk-in COVID-19 testing center

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2020 05:08 PM

People line up at the walk-in COVID-19 testing center at the Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila, July 20, 2020. More Heramis, ABS-CBN News

MANILA-- The capital city on Monday opened its first free walk-in COVID-19 testing center as it seeks to expand detection efforts of the virus.

The walk-in testing center can be found at the Ospital ng Sampaloc and would soon be available in other hospitals in the city such as the Ospital ng Tondo and Ospital ng Maynila, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said.

"I think magkakaroon na rin sa iba naming ospital in a matter of few days, these are for our walk-ins," he said in a Palace press briefing. 

Earlier, Manila City opened two drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers in Lawton and in Quirino Grandstand. The two facilities can run a combined 900 tests per day, Domagoso said.

The free COVID-19 testing services are available for both Manila and non-Manila City residents.

"Nakita namin na why not share it to others because this is a universal problem and we cannot just take care of ourselves and leave our neighbors behind," Domagoso said.

(We saw that it has to be shared because this is a universal problem and we cannot just take care of ourselves and leave our neighbors behind.)

So far, Domagoso said Manila City has conducted over 17,000 COVID-19 tests already. The city has 3 million residents, according to Domagoso.