Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

The government aims to conduct up to 100,000 tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) daily using both the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests and rapid antigen tests, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

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“The target would be as what the experts would say, we should be targeting 100,000 tests per day, and that is the objective. We are adding the rapid antigen test in our methodology so that we will be able to reach that target,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a television interview.

She said almost 50,000 tests are being conducted per day in the past week.

Vergeire added the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has directed the use of rapid antigen testing, especially in areas that have recorded a spike in Covid-19 cases.

“So having said that, by using this rapid antigen, and also coupled by these RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) laboratories that we have, we will be able to ramp up testing,” she said.

As for those who will test positive for Covid-19, the DOH official said they should do their part by isolating or seeking treatment.

“What would be most critical also is that once we test, we also need to isolate immediately. These are the gaps in the system right now that we can see, that there is this delay in isolating or quarantining people that’s why the transmission is happening,” the DOH official said. SOVEREIGNPH

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