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Dizon: PH could exceed target of 1M Covid-19 tests in coming days

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By Prince Golez

The Philippines will meet its target to conduct one million coronavirus (Covid-19) tests by the end of July, testing czar Vince Dizon said.

On Monday, Dizon, also deputy chief implementer of the government’s Covid-19 response, said the country now has 85 testing laboratories nationwide.

“Napakarami na po at napakalaki na po ang ating kapasidad na mag-test. At dahil dito po, makikita natin dahil sa pagtaas ng ating mga laboratoryo, ang ating testing simula noong buwan ng Mayo hanggang June ay halos aabot na tayo ng isang milyong test as of July 11,” he said during a virtual presser in Malacañang.

“Sa mga susunod na araw ay lalampas na tayo sa one million test. Kung maaalala ninyo po, ito po ang target na sinet natin noong nakaraang buwan na by the end of July, isang milyon na po ang test natin.

“At ngayon po ay wala pang kalahati ng buwan ng Hulyo ay nasa isang milyon na tayo; at papunta na po tayo sa nasabing target ng ating Chief Implementer na sampung milyong tests by next year,” according to him.

Dizon said as of July 9, actual Covid-19 tests have reached 25,000 per day.

“Malapit na malapit na po tayo sa ating goal na makapag-test ng tatlumpung libong tests kada araw ngayong July. So malapit na po tayo diyan at kampante po tayo na maaabot na natin iyan,” he also said.

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