DOH denies VIP testing amid lack of COVID-19 test kits in PH

DOH denies VIP testing amid lack of COVID-19 test kits in PH

- The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that they do not do “VIP testing” amid COVID-19 crisis

- Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that those big personalities were qualified to take the COVID-19 test

- She also mentioned that all those identified as a person under investigation (PUI) are being taken care of

- The DOH also reported a total of 462 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease as of Monday

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The Department of Health (DOH) has denied the issue that there is a “VIP testing” going on despite the lack of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits in the country.

KAMI learned that Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified that the big personalities who were tested for COVID-19 passed the qualifications.

In an interview on Dobol B sa News V, Vergeire assured the public that all persons under investigation are being taken good care of.

“Gusto ko lang linawin, hindi napapabayaan 'yung ating PUIs. Lahat naman inaasikaso,” she said.

“’Yun pong mga sinasabi nilang na-test na mga high level officials, most of them pumasok sa criteria namin. May exposure sila, nakapag-travel sila so they were tested,” Vergeire added.

The DOH also reported that there are now a total of 462 cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. The fatalities increased to 33, while those who have recovered rose to 18.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Senator Francis Tolentino apologized for undergoing a test for COVID-19. He said that he was exposed to a person who tested positive for coronavirus disease and that he developed mild symptoms.

Earlier, the “no VIP testing” was trending on Twitter after some netizens pointed out that big personalities and public figures underwent the COVID-19 instead of prioritizing those who are persons under monitoring (PUM) and the health workers.

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