New COVID-19 test kits to arrive soon, 10 million people expected to be tested

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 8, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The country will be getting thousands of COVID-19 test kits “soon,” enough to test almost ten million people, a National Task Force on COVID-19 official announced Friday.

Task force chief implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. said they are expecting 230,857 polymerase chain reaction-based kits which can be used on 8,544,282 people.

The Budget Department also procured 15,700 kits that can serve another 1,233,750 patients, he added.

“Having all these test kits, we will now be able to test 9,838,032 in total,” said Galvez during an online presser.

To date, the nationwide tally is over 28,000, and researchers have sounded the alarm, saying we’re on track to reaching 35,000 if not 40,000 by the end of the month.

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