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30K daily COVID tests ‘no longer enough’? Roque: Nothing will ever be enough for Leni

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang is brushing aside the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo that the government should be testing more people to sustain the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview on Quarantined with Howie Severino yesterday, Robredo said the government’s daily coronavirus testing capacity of 30,000 “may no longer be enough if our goal is to have less than 5 percent positivity rate.”

Nothing the Duterte administration did was ever good enough for Robredo, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with state-run PTV4 Wednesday.

“Of course, nothing will ever be enough for someone na hindi nakikita ng kahit anong mabuti sa pamahalaan,” according to the Palace official.

“Pero sa ngayon po pinakamataas na ang testing natin sa Southeast Asia, Mas mataas pa po sa Korea at Japan. Ipagpapatuloy pa natin ito dahil kung kinakailangan, dapat tayo ang pinakamataas sa testing sa buong mundo. Kung kakayanin natin bakit hindi,” he added.

Meanwhile, Roque said the government intends to build more quarantine facilities and boost its contact tracing efforts to stop further spread of the virus.

“Kinakailangan natin mapabilisan yung pagkagawa ng mga isolation facilities, dahil lahat dapat na nag positibo ay mailagay sa facility isolation. Kinakailangan din mapaigting pa natin ang tracing natin na sa ngayon mas magiging malawak dahil nandiyan na yung safety.ph, yung computer system na tutulong sa testing at yung formula na sinusunod natin na ginawa ni Mayor Magalong, our tracing czar, na hanggang 37 close contacts at ating iti-trace.”

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