Palace claims PH has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity to 30,000 a day

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The government has achieved its target of increasing coronavirus testing capacity to 30,000 per day, claimed Malacañang. However, actual COVID-19 tests performed by the government daily remain below 10,000.

Last May 20, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the government has even exceeded its initial goal as it has now the capacity to run 32,100 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in a day.

Naabot na natin ang ating target na 30,000 PCR tests per day,” he claimed in a virtual press briefing.

[We have reached our target of 30,000 PCR tests per day.]

Ang original target po ay 30,000 by May 30 pero nung Mayo 20 po, nakaabot na po tayo sa 32,100 tests per day. Nalampasan po natin ang ating target,” he added.

[The original target is 30,000 by May 30 but on May 20, we reached 32,100 tests per day. We exceeded our target.]

The confusion over numbers was later clarified by Roque. He said he was referring to the “national testing capacity” and not the actual tests ran by government daily.

“This is to clarify that I was referring to our national testing capacity, which is now at 32,000/day, when I earlier mentioned that we have already conducted and surpassed the 30,000-target last May 20,” he said in a succeeding statement.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosasrio Vergeire said 32,000 is the estimated maximum capacity per day of all licensed laboratories in the country.

The Department of Health reported that it conducted 8,283 COVID-19 tests on May 23.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.