- The Philippine Government is eyeing to start the mass testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said that they are also planning to turn some establishments into mass quarantine centers
- The government is looking into conducting 2,000 to 3,000 COVID-19 testing per day
- The mass testing for PUIs and PUMs is expected to start by April 14, 2020
- The Philippine Red Cross will also start its own mass testing in Quezon City by next week
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. announced on Thursday that the government is eyeing to start mass testing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
KAMI learned that the head of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 said that there should be mass testing for persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI).
In a report by the ABS-CBN News, Galvez said that the government is also fast-tracking the accreditation of COVID-19 laboratories that can conduct the test.
"We first need to contain the spread of the virus, that's why we conducted a lockdown, social distancing and also segregation of those vulnerable. The next step is we have to have mass testing of the PUIs and PUMs so that we can isolate and treat those who are infected with the disease," Galvez told ANC.
Galvez also mentioned that the government is planning to turn some establishments into mass quarantine centers to cater to COVID-19 patients.
“In this strategy, we have to have the mass testing capability of the DOH that's why they already accredited a lot of hospitals and at the same time we are now scaling up our conversion for mass quarantine center like the World Trade Center, the PICC and also we're looking about the Philippine Arena and the Rizal Memorial Stadium and we're looking forward to some floating ships,” he said.
He said that they are coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) to have a mass testing rate of at least 2,000 to 3,000 per day.
According to a report by the GMA News Online, the government is planning to start the mass testing on April 14, 2020.
“We expect that by April 14, we should be able to start massive testing,” he said.
As reported by the Inquirer, Senator Richard Gordon announced that the Philippine Red Cross will begin its massive testing for COVID-19 in Quezon City next week.
In a previous report by KAMI, the DOH reported a total of 2,633 COVID-19 cases in the country as of April 2. However, the total number of deaths has risen to 107.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon on enhanced community quarantine starting the midnight of March 17 until the midnight of April 13, 2020.
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