Players and members of the coaching staff of Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Beer, and Magnolia underwent swab testing to make sure they are COVID-19 free.
"Yes, all of our players and coaches got tested," said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla in an article posted on the PBA website. (LINK ON PBA WEBSITE https://pba.ph/news/players-coaches-of-smc-teams-undergo-covid-19-test)
"It was all right. A bit uncomfortable but bearable. No need to get scared of."
The swab testing was done at an undisclosed hospital Wednesday.
This is part of the conglomerate's plan to have all of its 70,000 employees tested for the coronavirus.
"We are doing this in phases. The success with which we can quickly test a large percentage of our employee population over the next few weeks will be a key consideration in the timelines of our overall return-to-work plan," said SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang, who said the company is setting up its own laboratory to process test results.
"Currently, we are working with partner laboratories to process the tests, but once our lab is up, we expect to be able to process more tests quickly so we don't burden the system and we can take care of our employees."
Ang also offered to have all PBA personnel tested.
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