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PH COVID Testing Capacity at 5K Daily

The country’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing capacity is now at approximately 5,000. It can be recalled that the Department of Health, together with its regional counterparts, have been releasing daily updates on the COVID-19 situation of respective localities and then consolidated nationally.

“As of May 3, nakagawa na po tayo ng 5,264 tests kada araw. Mas mataas po ito sa 4,501 tests na nagawa nung nakaraang araw, May 2. Hindi pa po kasama diyan ang output ng dalawang pinakabagong licensed na laboratories natin ang UP-PGH Medical research laboratory and Singapore Diagnostics Incorporation,” states Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a virtual presser, in an article published by the Philippine News Agency.

According to latest situation report of DOH, the laboratories have performed a total of 113,574 unique individual tests (as of May 03). Moreover, about 101,416 or 89% turned negative and 11,917 or 11% turned positive.

“Sa tuluy-tuloy na pagtaas ng ating testing capacity inaasahan na nating bibilis na ang turnaround time sa paglabas ng resulta ng mga specimens,” Vergeire adds.

To date, the DOH revealed that its new testing capacity goal is 8,000 a day.

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