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Government OKs expansion of COVID testing to asymptomatic patients

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By Prince Golez

The government will expand its coronavirus (Covid-19) testing to include people showing no symptoms, Malacañang said, adding that this will fully utilize the 10 million test kits procured by the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Health (DOH).

The National Task Force against Covid-19 and the DOH will soon issue the protocols for Covid-19 testing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser Friday.

“Kasama na sa i-tetest ay hindi lamang ang mga symptomatic at hindi lang yung nagkaroon ng contact sa mga mayroong Covid-19, kasama na rin ang mga asymptomatic at posibleng mapasama na rin yung iba pang frontliners gaya ng media. Ite-test din po natin yung iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno na nagsisilbing frontliners,” Roque said in a televised briefing.

“Pero syempre po, kung sino po yung mga mapapasama sa expanded testing natin na meron na po tayong 10 million (polymerase chain reaction) testing kits, ito po ay ibabase pa rin sa expanded testing strategy na subject sa guidelines na i-issue ng National Task Force at DOH,” he added.

Earlier, Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the national policy on Covid-19, said the government has conducted over 600,000 Covid-19 tests and aims to target 1 million tests within July.

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