Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

MANILA – An executive of the Department of Health on Monday said the agency has performed more than 22,000 tests for coronavirus disease 2019 so far.

And that number, DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said, is expected to increase in the next few days as the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity shifts to high gear.

Vergeire said at the Laging Handa press briefing the DOH has already conducted a total of 22,958 tests.

Of that number, 16,615 or 82.7 percent allegedly turned out negative while 3,414 or 16.9 percent yielded positive results.

Vergeire added that COVID-19 tests may double in number in the next few days as the country’s testing capacity has greatly improved with more testing kits and laboratories become available nationwide.

“Can-affords” exempted from cash dole outs

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases said “can-affords” should exempt themselves in the aid package as it is intended for low-income families hardest hit by the enhanced community quarantine meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

IATF spokesman and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also warned local officials from using the aid program for politicking.

“If you are not an informal worker, do not insist on joining the program because our priority is the poor. Our countrymen should undergo self-assessment,” Nograles said.

The cash aid ranges from P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the minimum wage of regions beneficiaries are located. (ia/

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