21 LGU-run COVID-19 test labs operational

Romina Cabrera - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — At least 21 testing centers for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 run by various local government units (LGUs) are now operational.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing laboratories would help boost the country’s overall testing capacity as they serve the needs of local communities.

“Magandang balita ito na pinapalakas ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan ang kanilang kapasidad upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng taumbayan na matiyak sa kanilang komunidad kung sinu-sino ang dapat ma-test, mabigyan ng atensyong medikal o i-isolate,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday.

Fourteen of the COVID testing laboratories are in Luzon, three in the Visayas and four in Mindanao.

The laboratories passed the five-stage criteria set by the Department of Health (DOH).

Twenty more molecular laboratories are being assessed by the DOH.

There are 130 COVID-19 laboratories across the country, with testing capacity of 30,000 per day.

More than 3.4 million COVID-19 tests had been conducted nationwide as of Sept. 21.

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