Manila needs P2-million budget a day to sustain free mass testing

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso said that in order for them to continue the free mass testing for COVID-19 and cover both residents and non-residents of the city, they will need around P2 million per day. He added that the use of serology testing machines comes at a price of P60 million per month.

Domagoso has established two walk-in COVID-19 test centers at Ospital ng Sampaloc and Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) plus two drive-thru testing facilities located at the Quirino Grandstand and across the Andres Bonifacio Monument.

He estimated that around 5,000 individuals went to these testing facilities in just a week, 670 of whom tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor also clarified that serology testing machines are not replacements for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, but thay are more accurate than rapid tests and are virtually on par with the PCR tests.

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