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PH now has 10 labs for coronavirus testing

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 09:37 PM April 06, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines now has 10 laboratories that can conduct testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that as laboratories that are in full implementation for COVID-19 testing as of 2 p.m. April 6 are the following:

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-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City (900 tests a day)

-Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Baguio City (150 tests a day)

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-San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City (60 to 100 tests a day)

-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City (240 tests a day)

-Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City (100 tests a day)

-UP National Institutes of Health in Manila City (80 tests a day)

-Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City (100 tests a day)

-Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City (80 tests a day)

-Bicol Public Health Laboratory in Legazpi City

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-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City

So far, eight laboratories in the country can conduct at least 1,710 COVID-19 tests a day.

Meanwhile, 69 more laboratories are being assessed and being prepared to handle tests for the disease.

“We currently have 10 laboratories that are in full implementation (Stage 5) of the COVID-19 testing, 4 are in Stage 4, 1 is in Stage 3, 20 are in Stage 2, and 44 are in Stage 1,” the DOH said in a Facebook post.

Updates on the laboratory capacities in our country as of April 6, 2020, 2PM.We currently have 10 laboratories that…

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Monday, April 6, 2020

This is part of the DOH’s effort to expand the country’s testing capacity in an effort to be able to fully determine the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

The health department is targeting to conduct 3,000 COVID-19 tests per day by April 14 and 8,000 tests per day by the end of April.

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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