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Gov’t targets to test two million Filipinos by August

Healthcare workers take blood samples from a bike rider at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-thru testing center in Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/Files

National Task Force on 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) deputy chief implementer Sec. Vivencio Dizon expects that more than two million Filipinos will be tested by the month of August.

Dizon, the testing czar, said that the government has conducted 1.4 million COVID-19 tests as of July 26.

“Halos 1.4 million test na ang nagawa natin at papalapit na tayo ng papalapit sa ating ultimate goal na makaka-test tayo ng 10 milyong Pilipino,” Dizon said on Thursday, July 30, during a virtual press briefing.

Dizon trusts that the Philippines can reach its target since the government conducts at least 33,000 tests per day since July 25.

Noong Marso, 500 tests lang kada araw ang nagagawa natin sa buong bansa at nag-set tayo ng target na by July ay dapat umabot tayo ng 30,000 tests per day,” Dizon said.

“Iyong ating goal na 30,000 ngayong July ay nalampasan na po natin noong July 25,” he added.

Due to the increased testing capability of the Philippines, Dizon reported that health workers and non-medical front-liners can undergo COVID-19 testing regularly.

The testing czar said that the COVID-19 tests of the health workers and non-medical frontliners will be covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

“Ang ating mga healthcare workers na dati eh hindi nate-test regularly, ngayon ay tuloy-tuloy na at regular na ang kanilang testing at iyan ay libre ng PhilHealth,” Dizon said.

“Ang lahat ng frontliners, hindi lang medical, tulad ng mga sundalo, mga pulis, mga security guard, mga drivers, kamukha ng mga tinest natin ngayon sa Grab dito sa Metro Manila, sa Quezon City, at iba pang mga madalas ang contact sa ibang tao ay ite-test na rin regularly at libre din iyan ng PhilHealth,” he explained.

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