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Taguig City sets up barangay-based, drive-thru COVID-19 testing

/ 07:19 PM April 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Taguig City government will launch on Wednesday its Barangay-based and “drive-thru” COVID-19 testing to further expand its testing strategy.

In a statement, Mayor Lino Cayetano said the new initiatives would complement the city’s Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing (SMART), which has so far tested nearly 1,000 individuals through its on-call COVID-19 service.

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The city government said it would train personnel in its 31 health centers and three “Super Health Centers” to conduct COVID-19 testing in the barangays where they operate.

Meanwhile, drive-thru testing will be set up in temporary testing facilities in Bonifacio Global City in Brgy. Fort Bonifacio and Taguig Lakeshore in Brgy. Lower Bicutan.

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“In doing this, we are capturing the real breadth of COVID-19 infections in the city, normalizing testing and taking away the stigma around the infection,” Cayetano said.

Those who will be tested are persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms; frontline workers; people who may have interacted with confirmed cases; and vulnerable demographics like pregnant women, elderly individuals and persons with co-morbidities.

According to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker, Taguig City has 211 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease as of Monday at 4 p.m., including 28 recoveries and six deaths.

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