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INCREASED CAPACITY | DOH eyes 3,000 coronavirus screenings per day by April 14
April 3, 2020 , 08:51 PM

(April 3, 2020) – The health department is aiming to increase COVID-19 testing to double by mid-April and over fourfold by the end of the month.

At present, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine is running 1,000 tests a day, while its subnational laboratories conducting more than 500 daily.

By April 14, the health department is aiming to hit 3,000 tests a day en route to having 8,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

The mass testing will cover persons under investigation and persons under monitoring for the virus.

Dr. Beverly Ho, special assistant to the Health secretary, said more medical technologists are being trained to increase shifts in testing laboratories.

Ho also maintained that the health department’s protocol is that symptomatic patients and health workers are the targets for screening.

The health department reported this week that more than 16,000 tests have been conducted in eight accredited laboratories.

Filipinos have clamored for mass testing for the virus that has infected more than 3,000 in the country.

Health officials have said mass testing was not feasible before due to the scarcity of test kits and limited laboratory capabilities.  (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JBS)

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