- Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso shared an important update one week after the launching of drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Manila City
- He said that about 4,000 Filipinos underwent the testing as of July 23, 2020
- Based on the results that were released, more than 650 Filipinos tested positive for the coronavirus disease
- The Manila Mayor also shared that the local government needs at least P2 million a day to sustain its testing capacity
Mayo Isko Moreno Domagoso gave an update about the free drive-thru testing they launched in Manila.
KAMI learned that hundreds of those who underwent the test are positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
In a live video on Facebook, Mayor Isko said that 4,272 Filipinos were able to undergo the drive-thru testing, as of July 23, 2020.
He shared that 2,451 of it were residents of Manila City, while the remaining 1,821 were non-Manila residents.
However, based on the results released on Thursday, 667 tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, 3,286 tested negative for the coronavirus.
As reported by GMA News Online, Manila City needs at least P2 million a day to sustain its mass testing efforts. Mayor Isko shared that the local government has been receiving donations outside their city for its testing.
"If we are going to maximize our machine because there's a load capacity, at least kakailanganin namin about P2 million a day, P60 million a month, and if there will be September Phase 3 approval through the ethics committee in Oxford University's way of finding the cure then we only need about P120 to P130 million," he said.
In a report by the Department of Health (DOH), there are now 74,390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, as of July 23. Meanwhile, there are 48,136 active cases.
Last week, Mayor Isko Moreno announced the launching of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Manila that is open for all Filipinos even those residing outside the capital city.
Aside from that, the local government also allotted P994 million worth of gadgets that will be given to public school teachers and students for blended learning.
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