MANILA, Philippines (MAY 11) – The Malacañang Palace, on Monday, admitted that the the assigned agencies failed to reach the 8,000 COVID-19 testing quota. The said quota was set for accomplishment towards the end of April.
Presidential Spokerperson Harry Roque said that the government is still trying to make this a reality. He cited that concerned agencies are establishing more testing centers to increase the capacity.
In an online briefing Roque stated that he cannot dispute this fact. He stated, “Unang una po, hindi ko maddispute na medyo hindi natin nakamit yung goal na by April 30, meron nang 8,000 na daily testing ang DOH (Department of Health), nadelay na po tayo.”
[Translation: First of all, I can not dispute that we didn’t reach the goal that by April 30, the DOH (Department of Health) can conduct 8,000 tests daily. We were delayed.]
Currently, the country has 28 testing centers and meg swabbing facilities. The government is now increasing its effort to certify more testing facilities in order to reach the target of 30,000 tests daily.
“Combined po, we’re hoping that we will eventually upgrade and improve our testing capacity kasi it is only through testing na malalaman natin kung nasaan ang kalaban.” Roque clarified.
[Translation: Combined, we’re hoping that we will eventually upgrade and improve our testing because it is only through testing that we will know where the enemy is.]
What the National Task Force COVID-19 has to say
Earlier, the National Task Force COVID-19 stated that they are already capable of testing 12,000 patients daily.
However the Deputy Chief Implementor Vince Dizon stated that the government was only able to perform 7,000 tests a day.
Dizon added that the government is set to open up 50 additional testing centers. These will allow the government to reach the stated quota.
As of Sunday (4 pm), there are 10,794 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At least 1,924 have recovered and a fatality of 719.
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