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PH govt to conduct aggressive COVID-19 testing, tracing--Dizon

Philippine Information Agency
06 Aug 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- The government will conduct agressive testing and tracing amid the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

"We need to intensify our testing and tracing in our communities," said Deputy Chief Implementer for COVID-19 Response Secretary Vince Dizon during the launching of "One Hospital" Command Center at the MMDA Office in Makati City this morning.

Earlier, the government was prompted by calls from medical frontliners to improve the current pandemic strategy.

Dizon added that they are doing daily visits to different local government units to intensify not only the testing and tracing, but also the isolation efforts for COVID-19 patients.

"The way to slow down the COVID-19 transmission is to test and trace aggressively as well as immediately isolate those who are positive patients," Dizon said.

Dizon cited that we have added additional isolation facilities under the Oplan Kalinga.

"We currently have 1,700 rooms in isolation facilities and 1,400 of those are already occupied," Dizon said.

He added that part of the response will be to double the number of isolation rooms up to 3,000 by next week.

Dizon reported that the daily testing capacity have reached 30,000 per day with total of 1.7 million tests conducted in the country.

"Testing is important. If we do not find or isolate those infected with COVID-19, it will continuously spread," Dizon said.

As we intensify testing and tracing, we should be able to isolate faster because our fight against COVID-19 does not stop in testing, Dizon added. (PIA-NCR)

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